Hemp reinforced composites with alkalization and acetylation fibre treatments

Wang, H. and Kabir, M. M. and Lau, K. T. (2014) Hemp reinforced composites with alkalization and acetylation fibre treatments. Polymers and Polymer Composites, 22 (3). pp. 247-252. ISSN 0967-3911


The increasing ecological and environmental concerns have led to the development of natural fibre composites. Chemical treatments are usually used to modify the surface of fibre to improve the bonding between fibre and resin. Alkalization and acetylation were used in this study to treat the hemp fibre. It was found that the chemical treatments remove the impurity and lignin, increasing the cellulose content of the hemp fibre. Removal of the surface lignin and hemicelluloses also exposes more active hydroxyl groups from cellulose to react with matrix. All theses lead to the increase of mechanical properties. It is also noticed that excessive treatment is detrimental to the fibre internal structure itself and weaken the fibre.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 27270
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Smithers Information Ltd., 2014. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 15 May 2015 06:04
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 04:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: chemical treatments; hemp fibre; natural fibre composites
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091012 Textile Technology
03 Chemical Sciences > 0305 Organic Chemistry > 030502 Natural Products Chemistry
01 Mathematical Sciences > 0101 Pure Mathematics > 010104 Combinatorics and Discrete Mathematics (excl. Physical Combinatorics)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8604 Leather Products, Fibre Processing and Textiles > 860403 Natural Fibres, Yarns and Fabrics
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27270

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only