Fungal and Alkali Interfacial Modification of Hemp Fibre Reinforced Composites


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The aim of the current work was to investigate using fungi to treat hemp fibre to create better bonding characteristics in natural fibre reinforced polypropylene composites. X-ray diffraction (XRD), lignin testing and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), were used to characterise the effect of treatment on hemp fibres. A combined alkali and fungal treated fibre composite produced the highest tensile strength of 48.3 MPa, an increase of 32% compared to composites with untreated fibre.



Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 334-335)

Edited by:

J.K. Kim, D.Z. Wo, L.M. Zhou, H.T. Huang, K.T. Lau and M. Wang




K.L. Pickering et al., "Fungal and Alkali Interfacial Modification of Hemp Fibre Reinforced Composites", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 334-335, pp. 493-496, 2007

Online since:

March 2007




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