Thermochemical and statistical mechanical properties of natural sisal fibres

Ahmed Belaadi, Abderrezak Bezazi, Mostefa Bourchak, Fabrizio Scarpa*, Chenchen Zhu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The paper describes from a statistical perspective the diameter-dependence tensile strength and Young's modulus in 40 sisal fibres samples. The fibres tensile properties depend significantly upon their diameter, which has been determined using optical and SEM microscope techniques. Further characterisation of the sisal fibres has been carried out using FT-IR and DSC techniques. The fibres' ultimate tensile strength and Young's modulus have been evaluated using four different estimation methods from two and threeparameter Weibull distribution statistics. We show the significant sensitivity of the Weibull predictions versus the number of fibres samples used in the distributions, with the Weibull modulus m(sigma) obtained from our results being 10% smaller compared to what is reported in open literature. The scatter of the mechanical properties of the sisal fibres shown in this work is also compared to analogous distributions present in other works.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-489
Number of pages9
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Volume67
Early online date2 Aug 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

Keywords

  • Wood
  • Mechanical properties
  • Statistical properties/methods
  • Optical microscopy Physical methods of analysis
  • POLYMER MATRIX COMPOSITES
  • WEIBULL STATISTICS
  • THERMAL-PROPERTIES
  • REINFORCED COMPOSITES
  • SILICA MICROPARTICLES
  • CRYSTALLINE-STRUCTURE
  • CHEMICAL TREATMENT
  • TENSILE BEHAVIOR
  • EPOXY COMPOSITES
  • BEND STRENGTH

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