Composites part a-applied science and manufacturing vol:41 issue:5 pages:588-595
Natural fibres are studied as alternatives for man-made fibres to reinforce composites while keeping the weight lower. The assessment of the value of some commonly available tropical fibres for the composite industry starts with the determination of the strength, E-modulus and strain to failure through single fibre tensile tests. The mean strength and standard deviation is calculated following the normal and Weibull distribution resulting in the questionable benefit of applying the Weibull distribution. Furthermore, a correction method assesses the real fibre elongation from the measured clamp displacement. This procedure seems to be useful for strong, brittle fibres to produce more reliable results for the E-modulus and stra;in to failure. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.