Title: Effect of surface treatment on the mechanical properties of rice straw fibre

Authors: HyoJin Kim, JaeKyoo Lim

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering and Systems, Doshisha University, 1-3, Kyo-tanabe 610-0394, Kyoto, Japan. ' The Research Center of Industrial Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Design Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Duckjin 1-664-14, Jeonju, JB 561-756, Korea

Abstract: The quality of the fibre-matrix interface is significant for the application of natural fibre as reinforcement fibre for plastics. Chemical treatments can be used to optimise this interface. The modification methods are of different efficiency for the adhesion between matrix and fibre. In the present study, the effect of chemical surface treatment on mechanical properties of natural fibre was discussed. The effects of surface treatment and concentration on natural fibre were evaluated by means of strength distribution, elastic modulus and scanning electron microscopy.

Keywords: tensile properties; rice straw fibre; chemical treatment; natural fibres; fibre-reinforced plastics; surface treatment; mechanical properties.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2009.027825

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, 2009 Vol.36 No.1/2/3/4, pp.125 - 133

Published online: 12 Aug 2009 *

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