Main criteria of sustainable natural fibre for efficient unidirectional biocomposites

Type Article
Date 2019-09
Language English
Author(s) Bourmaud Alain1, Mérotte Justin1, Siniscalco David1, Le Gall Maelenn2, Gager Victor1, 3, Le Duigou Antoine1, Pierre Floran3, Behlouli Karim3, Arnould Olivier4, Beaugrand Johnny5, 6, Baley Christophe1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ. Bretagne Sud, UMR CNRS 6027, IRDL, 56100 Lorient, France
2 : IFREMER Centre Bretagne, Marine Structures Laboratory, 29280 Plouzané, France
3 : EcoTechnilin SAS, ZA Caux Multipôles, 76190 Valliquerville, France
4 : LMGC, Université de Montpellier, CNRS, UMR 5508, Montpellier, France
5 : UMR FARE, INRA, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, 2 Esplanade Roland-Garros, 51100 Reims, France
6 : UR1268 Biopolymères Interactions Assemblages, INRA, 44316 Nantes, France
Source Composites Part A-applied Science And Manufacturing (1359-835X) (Elsevier BV), 2019-09 , Vol. 124 , P. 105504 (12p.)
DOI 10.1016/j.compositesa.2019.105504
WOS© Times Cited 11
Keyword(s) Natural fibers, Biocomposite, Microstructures, Mechanical properties

This paper investigates biochemical, morphological and mechanical properties of a large range of plant fibres explored with the same methods. Biochemical results clearly exhibit strong differences between gelatinous, i.e. flax and hemp, and xylan type, i.e. jute and kenaf, cell walls. These differences into parietal composition have an impact on cell wall stiffness, highlighted through nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy measurements, but also on fibre individualisation, due to variations into fibre bundles cohesion. In addition, the morphology and particularly the lumen size induces apparent density differences. Moreover, the influence of fibre morphology and properties is demonstrated on UD materials. Finally, longitudinal Young’s modulus of each plant fibre batches is back-calculated from UD stiffness by an inverse method; the results obtained are in accordance with the values in the literature values, proving the interest of this method to estimate longitudinal Young’s modulus of short plant fibres.

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Bourmaud Alain, Mérotte Justin, Siniscalco David, Le Gall Maelenn, Gager Victor, Le Duigou Antoine, Pierre Floran, Behlouli Karim, Arnould Olivier, Beaugrand Johnny, Baley Christophe (2019). Main criteria of sustainable natural fibre for efficient unidirectional biocomposites. Composites Part A-applied Science And Manufacturing, 124, 105504 (12p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :