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Bulota, M. and Budtova, T. (2015) Highly Porous and Light-Weight Flax/PLA Composites. Industrial Crops and Products, 74, 132-138.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2015.04.045

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  • TITLE: Fabrication of Manila Hemp Fiber Reinforced Cross Ply Biodegradable Composites and Their Tensile Properties

    AUTHORS: Shinji Ochi

    KEYWORDS: Natural Fiber, Biodegradable Plastics, Manila Hemp, Biocomposites and Mechanical Properties

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Composite Materials, Vol.8 No.3, July 3, 2018

    ABSTRACT: Natural plant fibers, including flax, kenaf, jute, bamboo, ramie and much more are renewable and sustainable resources and are considered good candidates for cost-effective alternatives to glass and carbon fibers. In this research, cross ply biodegradable composites were fabricated by press-forming method. The biodegradable composites consist of Manila hemp textile as a reinforcement and starch-based biodegradable plastics as a matrix was fabricated and investigated about mechanical properties. The tensile strength increased with the fiber content until fiber content of about 50% and leveled off thereafter. This dependence on the fiber content is due to the decrease in fiber strength of loading direction caused by fiber damages introduced during hot-pressing. In order to decrease the damage of fibers aligned in loading direction, Manila hemp textile was produced by using Manila hemp fibers for warp and biodegradable resin thread for weft. As a result, the tensile strength of cross ply composites increased from 153 MPa to 202 MPa.