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Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil

Monteiro S.N.,Laboratory for Advanced Materials | Monteiro S.N.,State University of Rio de Janeiro | Satyanarayana K.G.,Federal University of Parana | Ferreira A.S.,Laboratory for Advanced Materials | And 15 more authors.
Revista Materia | Year: 2010

By means of dimensional selection of natural lignocellulosic fibers, based on precise diameter measurements, it was recently possible to obtain fibers with relatively higher tensile strength. The present article overviews works on the statistical evaluation, through the Weibull analysis, of the ultimate tensile stress of eight lignocellulosic fibers: sisal, ramie, curaua, jute, bamboo, coir, piassava and buriti. It is shown that, for all of these fibers, the tensile strength holds an inverse relationship with the fiber diameter. Statistically this relationship conforms to a hyperbolic type of analytical equation, which discloses the possibility of unusually high strength fibers to be selected in association with very small diameters. A structural analysis using scanning electron microscopy offered an explanation to the strengthening mechanisms responsible for the superior performance of these dimensionally selected fibers. Source

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