Tensile properties of chemically treated hemp fibres as reinforcement for composites

Kabir, M. M. and Wang, H. and Lau, K. T. and Cardona, F. (2013) Tensile properties of chemically treated hemp fibres as reinforcement for composites. Composites Part B: Engineering , 53. pp. 362-368. ISSN 1359-8368


Natural fibres, unlike synthetic fibres fabricated in-house, grow naturally. Their geometrical and physical properties are highly affected by environmental issues such as climate change. For instance, inconsistent cross-sectional areas and shapes along the length of a natural fibre can result from environmental changes. These irregularities in natural fibres affect the ultimate load that can be carried by these fibres in structural engineering applications. In this study, the tensile properties of single hemp fibres were measured by taking into account, the variations in fibre diameters. Alkali, acetyl and silane treatments of fibres were carried out to obtain a better surface finish. The treatment effects on the fibres with respect to tensile properties were discussed. The relationship between tensile properties of treated fibres and the variation of their diameters was also studied. It was found that the tensile strength of chemically-treated fibres was lower than that of untreated fibres.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2013 00:06
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 05:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: hemp fibre; chemical treatments; fibre diameter; tensile properties
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
03 Chemical Sciences > 0305 Organic Chemistry > 030502 Natural Products Chemistry
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870399 Construction Materials Performance and Processes not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2013.05.048
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23718

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