Mechanical assessment of natural fiber composites

P.J. Herrera-Franco and A. Valadez-González,     Yucatan Center for Scientific Research, Mexico


The effect of the interfacial fiber–matrix interactions on the mechanical performance of a natural fiber reinforced thermoplastic-polymer matrix composite is reviewed. Two static testing modes are used, namely, the tensile and the shear loading modes. A well characterized fiber–matrix model system consisting of high-density polyethylene reinforced with henequen fibers (Agave fourcroydes) was selected. Special emphasis is given to the material behaviour and the state of stress for each loading, in order to better assess the fiber–matrix interface effects on the mechanical properties and ...

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