Effects of natural fibre surface on composite properties: a review

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: 1st International Postgraduate Conference on Engineering, Designing and Developing the Built Environment for Sustainable Wellbeing (eddBE2011) , 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.

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Additional Information: © Queensland University of Technology, April 2011. This publication contains conference proceedings. Reproduction, but not modification, is permissible without the authors' consent provided that the authors' work is referenced appropriately. No modification of the contents of this publication is allowed. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2011 05:17
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 04:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural fibre; surface modification; composite properties
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091201 Ceramics
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
10 Technology > 1003 Industrial Biotechnology > 100302 Bioprocessing, Bioproduction and Bioproducts
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870303 Polymeric Materials (e.g. Paints)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18822

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