A study on the effect of alkalisaton using 3% NaOH solution was carried out on Flax, Kenaf, Abaca and Sisal to observe the impact that the common pre-treatment process has on fibre mechanical properties. The result of the investigation indicated that over-treatment of natural fibres using NaOH could have a negative effect on the base fibre properties. It is concluded that a treatment time of less than 10 minutes is sufficient to remove hemicelluloses and to give the optimum effect.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Jun 2008|
|Event||13th European Conference on Composite Materials (EECM 13) - Stockholm, Sweden|
Duration: 2 Jun 2008 → 5 Jun 2008
|Conference||13th European Conference on Composite Materials (EECM 13)|
|Period||2/06/08 → 5/06/08|
- mechanical properties
- natural fibres
Symington, M. C., David-West, O. S., Banks, W. M., Pethrick, R. A., & Thomason, J. L. (2008). The effect of alkalisation on the mechanical properties of natural fibres. Paper presented at 13th European Conference on Composite Materials (EECM 13), Stockholm, Sweden, .