Kabir, M. M. and Wang, H. and Aravinthan, T. and Cardona, F. and Lau, K.-T. (2011) Effects of natural fibre surface on composite properties: a review. In: eddBE2011: 1st International Postgraduate Conference on Engineering, Designing and Developing the Built Environment for Sustainable Wellbeing , 27-29 Apr 2011, Brisbane, Australia.
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Processing of polymer composites by using green source of fibres as reinforcement has increased dramatically in recent years. Advantages of using natural fibre over man-made fibres include low density, low cost, recyclability and biodegradability. These benchmark properties make natural fibre a potential replacement for synthetic fibres in composite materials opening up further industrial possibilities. However, high level of moisture absorption by the fibre leads to poor wettability and insufficient adhesion within the matrix (interfacial adhesion) resulting degradation of composite properties. These properties hinder the potential of these fibres in providing successful reinforcement for polymer composites. In order to expand the use of natural fibres as successful reinforcement in polymer composites the fibre surface needs to be modified to enhance fibre-matrix adhesion. In this review paper, effects of natural fibre surface on composite properties are discussed. Several fibre surface modification methods are reported and their effects on composite properties are analysed. These properties constitute the prime area of research in developing green fibre polymer composite technologies.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||natural fibre; surface modification; composite properties|
|Depositing User:||Mr Mohammad Mazedul Kabir|
|Date Deposited:||21 Apr 2011 05:17|
|Last Modified:||03 Jul 2013 00:36|
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