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© 2017 Elsevier LtdThe absorption behaviour of water and its effect on the tensile and flexural properties of interwoven cellulosic fibres were investigated. Hybrid composites consisting of interwoven kenaf/jute and kenaf/hemp yarns were prepared by an infusion process that used epoxy as the polymer matrix. The water absorption characteristics of the fibres were obtained by immersing the composite samples in tap water at room temperature, until reaching their water content saturation point. The dry and water-immersed woven and interwoven hybrid composite samples were subjected to tensile and flexural tests. To study the effect of water penetration in the fibre/matrix interface, fractured samples were examined using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The study shows that the mechanical and water-resistant properties of the kenaf, jute, and hemp fibres were improved through hybridization. However, as a result of water penetrating the fibre/matrix interface, longer water-immersion times reduced the tensile and flexural strength of the composites.
Author(s): Maslinda AB, Abdul Majid MS, Ridzuan MJM, Afendi M, Gibson AG
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Composite Structures
Print publication date: 01/05/2017
Online publication date: 06/02/2017
Acceptance date: 03/02/2017
ISSN (print): 0263-8223
ISSN (electronic): 1879-1085
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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