In the present investigation epoxy composites reinforced with nickel coated and uncoated short carbon fibers were manufactured using open mould techniques. The short fibers were mixed in different percentages using stir casting technique. All the experiments were conducted as per the ASTM test standards. The fracture toughness of nickel coated short carbon fiber reinforced composites have showed better mechanical properties and fracture toughness when compared to uncoated short carbon fiber reinforced epoxy composites. The fractured surfaces have shown the cleavage fracture in microstructural analysis.

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