International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2570

Full Length Research Paper

Prototype expert system for material selection of polymeric composite automotive dashboard

S. M. Sapuan1*, N. K. Mun2, A. Hambali3, H. Y. Lok4, A. M. Fairuz1 and M. R. Ishak1    
1Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia. 2Department of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, School of Engineering and Technology Infrastructure, Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University College, Ikram Park, Jalan Serdang-Kajang, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia. 3Department of Manufacturing Design, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Malaysia. 4Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama, 75450 Bukit Beruang, Melaka, Malaysia.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 22 September 2011
  •  Published: 23 October 2011


As a consequence of rapid development in material technology, determination of the right material for a given engineering application was viewed as a crucial decision. Various polymer materials selection methods have been developed to assist designers to determine the right polymer for a given engineering application. This paper presents a new natural fibre composite material selection process for automotive dashboard using expert system. The software tool chosen to assist the development of this expert system is PHPMyAdmin. The software tool was written in Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) language designed to handle the administration of My Structure Query Language (MySQL) server over the World Wide Web. Various polymer composite properties are considered in order to develop the system. The focused properties of composites in this study are the density, Young’s modulus and tensile strength. In order to demonstrate the system implementation, a car dashboard has been selected as a case study. It has been shown that using PHPMyAdmin for polymer composite materials process can assist designers to determine the right polymer composites for a given engineering application.


Key words: Polymer composite materials selection, natural fibre composites, material database.