Mechanical Characterization of Polypropylene Natural Fibre Composites
Using polypropylene (PP) as matrix and kenaf mat as reinforcement, composite test samples were fabricated by compression molding. Thereafter, the effect of fibre loading and the alkaline fibre surface treatment on the mechanical properties were studied. The kenaf/PP composites were found to have better mechanical properties than the polymer matrix. As expected, the interfacial bonding between the matrix and the fibres improved considerably when the fibres were subjected to alkaline treatment.
S. J. Muthu and R. Paskaramoorthy, "Mechanical Characterization of Polypropylene Natural Fibre Composites", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 383-390, pp. 2737-2740, 2012