Investigation on interfacial adhesion of date palm/epoxy using fragmentation technique

Shalwan, A. and Yousif, B. F. (2014) Investigation on interfacial adhesion of date palm/epoxy using fragmentation technique. Materials and Design , 53. pp. 928-937. ISSN 0261-3069


From the literature, it is found that the interfacial adhesion of the natural fibres with the matrices is the key in determining the composite performance under all types of loadings. However, there are issues with regard of the interfacial adhesion experimental techniques and chemical treatment concentration for natural fibres. In this study, the influences of NaOH concentration (0% -9.wt.% NaOH) and fibre diameter ( on the interfacial adhesion behaviour of the date palm fibre with epoxy matrix were studied using fragmentation technique. Tensile properties and microstructure of single date palm fibre were investigated as well. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to examine the fibre microstructure of the fibre and fibre/polymer interaction after each experiment. The results revealed that 6% NaOH and Fibre diameter is the optimum fibre diameter and NaOH concentration to gain high composite performance. High interfacial adhesion of the fibre with the matrix achieved at higher concentration of NaOH, however, there is high deterioration in the strength of the fibre.

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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. Published online 6 Aug 2013.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 23:15
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2017 01:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: epoxy composites; fragmentation; interfacial adhesion; natural fibres; tensile strength
Fields of Research : 03 Chemical Sciences > 0303 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry > 030305 Polymerisation Mechanisms
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
03 Chemical Sciences > 0305 Organic Chemistry > 030502 Natural Products Chemistry
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870303 Polymeric Materials (e.g. Paints)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2013.07.083

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