Characteristics of kenaf fibre immersed in different solutions

Yousif, B. F. and Orupabo, C. and Azwa, Z. N. (2012) Characteristics of kenaf fibre immersed in different solutions. Journal of Natural Fibers, 9 (4). pp. 207-218. ISSN 1544-0478


Nowadays, kenaf fibres are becoming extensively used as natural reinforcements for polymeric composites. The mechanical properties of the fibres are the most influential elements on the characteristics of the composites. In the current work, tensile property of kenaf fibre was studied at different aging conditions (immersed in water, salt water, diesel and engine oil). The tensile property of the fibre was tested in two different techniques as single fibre, and bundle (20-55 fibres). Surface morphology of the fibres, before and after aging, was observed using scanning electron microscopy. The results showed that engine oil highly influenced the mechanical properties of the fibre compared to the other solutions. A drop in the strength was about 70% for both untreated and treated fibres immersed in diesel solution followed by diesel, and then water. The reduction in tensile strength by salt water solutions was the least, at about 27.16% for untreated fibres. The damage on the fibre aged in salt water was less than the damages observed on the aged fibres in other solutions.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 04:50
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2014 01:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: kenaf fibre; tensile strength
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070509 Wood Fibre Processing
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8604 Leather Products, Fibre Processing and Textiles > 860403 Natural Fibres, Yarns and Fabrics
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/15440478.2012.733149

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