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Cement composites reinforced with surface modified coir fibers

Li, Zhijian, Wang, Lijing and Wang, Xungai 2007, Cement composites reinforced with surface modified coir fibers, Journal of composite materials, vol. 41, no. 12, pp. 1445-1457.

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Title Cement composites reinforced with surface modified coir fibers
Author(s) Li, Zhijian
Wang, Lijing
Wang, Xungai
Journal name Journal of composite materials
Volume number 41
Issue number 12
Start page 1445
End page 1457
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0021-9983
1530-793X
Keyword(s) mechanical properties
fiber reinforcement
mortar
cement manufacture
coir fiber
Summary An experimental investigation of coir mesh reinforced mortar (CMRM) is conducted using nonwoven coir mesh matting. The main parameters in this study are the fiber volume fraction (number of mesh layers) and fiber surface treatment with a wetting agent. The composites are subjected to the four-point bending test. The short-term mechanical properties of CMRM are discussed. Scanning electron micrograph analysis is used to observe the fiber—matrix interfacial characteristics. The results indicate that the addition of coir mesh to mortar significantly improves the composite post-cracking flexural stress, toughness, ductility, and toughness index, compared to plain mortar materials. The Albatex © FFC wetting agent (2-ethylhexanol) can effectively improve water absorption of coir fiber and enhance the fiber—matrix bonding strength. These coir mesh reinforced composites may be useful in civil engineering applications.
Notes The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of composite materials, Vol 41, Issue Number 12, 2007, © SAGE Publications Ltd by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Journal of composite materials page: http://jcm.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
Language eng
Field of Research 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, SAGE Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007242

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation
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