Analysis of the influence of the fiber type in polymer matrix/fiber bond using natural organic polymer stabilizer

Carlos C. Rivera-Gómez, Carmen C. Galán-Marín, Fiona F. Bradley

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Abstract

This research study compares the effect of polypropylene and wool fibers on the mechanical properties of natural polymer based stabilized soils. Biocomposites are becoming increasingly prevalent and this growth is expected to continue within a number of sectors including building materials. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of different fiber reinforced natural polymer stabilized soils with regards to mechanical properties and fiber adhesion characteristics. The polymer includes alginate, which is used in a wide range of applications but has not been commonly used within engineering and construction applications. In recent years, natural fibers have started to be used as an ecological friendly alternative for soil reinforcement within a variety of construction applications. Test results in this study have compared the effects of adding natural and synthetic fibers to clay soils and discussed the importance of an optimum soil specification. A correlation between the micro structural analysis using scanning electron microscope (SEM), fiber typology, fiber–matrix bonds and the mechanical properties of the stabilized soils is also discussed.
LanguageEnglish
Pages977-994
Number of pages18
JournalPolymers
Volume6
Issue number4
Early online date31 Mar 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2014

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Natural polymers
Organic polymers
Polymer matrix
Soils
Fibers
Natural fibers
Mechanical properties
Wool fibers
Synthetic fibers
Polypropylenes
Alginate
Structural analysis
Reinforcement
Polymers
Clay
Electron microscopes
Adhesion
Scanning
Specifications

Keywords

  • natural polymers
  • SEM
  • mechanical properties
  • stabilized soil
  • polypropylene fibers
  • polymer matrix/fiber bond

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Rivera-Gómez, Carlos C. ; Galán-Marín, Carmen C. ; Bradley, Fiona F. / Analysis of the influence of the fiber type in polymer matrix/fiber bond using natural organic polymer stabilizer. In: Polymers. 2014 ; Vol. 6, No. 4. pp. 977-994.
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In: Polymers, Vol. 6, No. 4, 31.03.2014, p. 977-994.

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