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Extraction and characterization of vascular bundle and fiber strand from date palm rachis as potential bio-reinforcement in composite

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Original languageEnglish
Article number114997
Number of pages12
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
Early online date28 Jun 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 13 Jun 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 28 Jun 2019
DatePublished (current) - 15 Oct 2019


Date palm rachis fibers are rich in cellulose, relatively inexpensive, and readily available in Algeria. The aim of this study is to investigate the morphology, structure, mechanical and physicochemical characteristics of both vascular bundles and fiber strands extracted from date palm rachis. The difficulties encountered are associated to the extraction of the fibers without damaging them. The study focuses on the morphological and surface roughness analysis using optical and scanning electron microscopies (SEM), and a non-contact 3D profiler. The chemical, physical and thermal properties have been studied using Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The mechanical properties were accessed by tensile tests and they were analyzed using two-parameter Weibull distribution.

    Research areas

  • Tensile properties, Surface roughness, Physicochemical analysis, Fiber strands, Vascular bundles, Date palm fibers

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  • Bristol Composites Institute ACCIS



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