Title: Natural fibres: can they replace glass in fibre reinforced plastics?
Authors: Wambua, Paul ×
Ivens, Jan
Verpoest, Ignace #
Issue Date: Jul-2003
Publisher: Elsevier Applied Science Publishers
Series Title: Composites Science and Technology vol:63 issue:9 pages:1259-1264
Abstract: In this work, natural fibres (sisal, kenaf, hemp, jute and coir) reinforced polypropylene composites were processed by compression moulding using a film stacking method. The mechanical properties of the different, natural fibre composites were tested and compared. A further comparison was made with the corresponding properties of glass mat reinforced polypropylene composites from the open literature. Kenaf, hemp and sisal composites showed comparable tensile strength and modulus results but in impact properties hemp appears to out-perform kenaf. The tensile modulus, impact strength and the ultimate tensile stress of kenaf reinforced polypropylene composites were found to increase with increasing fibre weight fraction. Coir fibre composites displayed the lowest mechanical properties, but their impact strength was higher than that of jute and kenaf composites. In most cases the specific properties of the natural fibre composites were found to compare favourably with those of glass. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0266-3538
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Materials Engineering - miscellaneous
Mechanical Metallurgy Section (-)
Structural Composites and Alloys, Integrity and Nondestructive Testing
Technologiecluster Materialentechnologie
Materials Technology TC, Technology Campus De Nayer Sint-Katelijne-Waver
× corresponding author
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