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Title: Recent developments in chemical modification and characterization of natural fiber-reinforced composites
Authors: John, MJ
Anandjiwala, RD
Keywords: Chemical modification
Fibre-reinforced composites
Natural fibres
Biocomposites
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Citation: John, MJ and Anandjiwala, RD. 2008. Recent developments in chemical modification and characterization of natural fiber-reinforced composites. Polymer Composites Vol. 29(2), pp 187-202
Abstract: A critical review of the literature on the various aspects of natural fibers and biocomposites with a particular reference to chemical modifications is presented in this paper. A notable disadvantage of natural fibers is their polarity which makes it incompatible with hydrophobic matrix. This incompatibility results in poor interfacial bonding between the fibers and the matrix. This in turn leads to impaired mechanical properties of the composites. This defect can be remedied by chemical modification of fibers so as to make it less hydrophilic. This paper reviews the latest trends in chemical modifications and characterizations of natural fibers. The structure and properties of natural fibers have been discussed. Common chemical modifications and their mechanisms have also been elaborated. The importance of chemical modifications and the resultant enhancement in the properties of the composites have also been reviewed. Recent investigations dealing with chemical modifications of natural fiber-reinforced composites have also been cited
Description: Copyright: 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/2252
ISSN: 0272-8397
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