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Characterisation and utilization of natural coconut fibres composites
Published Date August 2009, Vol.30(7):2741–2744,doi:10.1016/j.matdes.2008.11.002
School of Textiles, Tianjin Polytechnic University, 63 Chenglin Road, Hedong District, Tianjin 300160, PR China
Received 29 August 2008. Accepted 3 November 2008. Available online 13 November 2008.
Two thousand fibres were randomly taken from a coir fibre stack, characters of the fibres were analysed. It was shown that length of the fibres was in the range between 8 and 337 mm. The fibres amount with the length range of 15–145 mm was 81.95% of all measured fibres. Weight of fibres with the length range of 35–225 mm accounted for 88.34% of all measurement. The average fineness of the coir fibres was 27.94 tex. Longer fibres usually had higher diameters.
Composite boards were fabricated by using a heat press machine with the coir fibre as the reinforcement and the rubber as matrix. Tensile strength of the composites was investigated.