A review on the tensile properties of natural fiber reinforced polymer composites

Ku, H. and Wang, H. and Pattarachaiyakoop, N. and Trada, M. (2011) A review on the tensile properties of natural fiber reinforced polymer composites. Composites Part B: Engineering, 42 (4). pp. 856-873. ISSN 1359-8368

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This paper is a review on the tensile properties of natural fibre reinforced polymer composites. Natural fibres have recently become attractive to researchers, engineers and scientists as an alternative reinforcement for fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites. Due to their low cost, fairly good mechanical properties, high specific strength, non-abrasive, eco-friendly and bio-degradability characteristics, they are exploited as a replacement for the conventional fibre, such as glass, aramid and carbon. The tensile properties of natural fibre reinforce polymers (both thermoplastics and thermosets) are mainly influenced by the interfacial adhesion between the matrix and the fibres. Several chemical modifications are employed to improve the interfacial matrix-fibre bonding resulting in the enhacement of tensile properties of the composites. In general, the tensile strengths of the natural fibre reinforced polymer composites increase with fibre content, up to a maximum or optimum value, the value will then drop. However, the Young's modulus of the natural fibre reinforced polymer composites increase with increasing fibre loading. Khoathane et al. found that the tensile strength and Young's modulus of composites reinforced with bleached hemp fibers increased incredibly with increasing fiber loading. Mathematical modelling was also mentioned. It was discovered that the rule of mixture (ROM) predicted and experimental tensile strength of different natural fibres reinforced HDPE composites were very close to each other. Halpin-Tsai equation was found to be the most effective equation in predicting the Young's modulus of composites containing different types of natural fibers.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2011 Elsevier Ltd. 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: 15 Apr 2011 02:14
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2014 23:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: polymer-matrix composites (PMCs); mechanical properties; mechanical testing; compression moulding
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
03 Chemical Sciences > 0305 Organic Chemistry > 030502 Natural Products Chemistry
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8699 Other Manufacturing > 869999 Manufacturing not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2011.01.010
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18884

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