Picture of two heads

Open Access research that challenges the mind...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs. Strathprints provides access to thousands of Open Access research papers by University of Strathclyde researchers, including those from the School of Psychological Sciences & Health - but also papers by researchers based within the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, and from the Strathclyde Business School.

Discover more...

The effect of alkalisation on the mechanical properties of natural fibres

Symington, Mark C. and David-West, Opukuro S. and Banks, William M. and Thomason, J.L. and Pethrick, Richard A. (2008) The effect of alkalisation on the mechanical properties of natural fibres. In: 13th European Conference on Composite Materials (EECM 13), 2008-06-02 - 2008-06-05.

[img]
Preview
PDF (strathprints008046.pdf)
strathprints008046.pdf

Download (88kB) | Preview

Abstract

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.