Improved mechanical performances of unidirectional jute fibre composites developed with new fibre architectures

Mahmudul Hasan, Abu Saifullah, Hom Dhakal*, Shahjalal Khandaker, Forkan Sarker*

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Abstract

This study presents the mechanical performance enhancements of jute fibre composites, manufactured from two newly developed novel jute fibre unidirectional (UD) preforms, namely, stitching-based and sizing-based examples. To increase the use of jute fibres, which are naturally abundant and inexpensive, and to provide research into the use of mechanically advantageous continuous unidirectional (UD) preforms in composites (which are still limited in use), this study employed polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) sizing and stitching techniques, thus increasing the abilities of jute fibres to withstand higher loads and enabling them to be used for lightweight structural applications. Alkali treatment was used on jute fibres in stitched and sized preforms, and bamboo slices were introduced to the jute preforms to further optimize the mechanical properties. The jute composites exhibited significant mechanical property
enhancements, with maximum improvement observed in the case of the PVA-sized alkali-treated specimen, thanks to the excellent compatibility between the sized and alkali-treated jute fibres.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23010-23022
Number of pages13
JournalRSC Advances
Volume11
Issue number37
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2021

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