The work describes the quasistatic tensile and fatigue behaviour of as-received sisal fibres. Natural-based reinforced composites are gaining significant interest within the structural community, due to their interesting mechanical properties, recyclability and environmentally-sustainable production and use. Natural fibres such as sisal constitute an excellent reinforcement material, due to the low extraction costs from plants, and high level of recycling involved in their manufacturing process. In this work the diameter, Young’s modulus, strength and strain to failure over 15 different samples are measured and compared against data from open literature. Tensile cyclic fatigue loading at 8 loading levels (from 0.6 to 0.95) has been carried out. The maximum forces involved (between 9 N and 22 N) are considerably higher than the ones used previously in open literature, and lead to significant dependence of the hysteresis loops, energy dissipation and S-N behaviour of the sisal fibres versus the cycle and loading ratio levels. The results obtained from this work can be used to predict from a fatigue and structural integrity point of view the behaviour of sisal-based reinforced composites with high load bearing capability, and extend the design envelope of this class of natural-reinforced materials.
- Sisal fibre; Tensile properties; Fatigue