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Study on Chemical Treatments of Jute Fiber for Application in Natural Fiber Reinforced Composites (NFRPC)

Journal: International Journal of Advanced Engineering Research and Science (Vol.4, No. 2)

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Page : 6-26

Keywords : fiber-reinforced composites; natural �ber; chemical treatments; sodium hydroxide; and potassium permanganate.;

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Research and studies on the use of natural �bers as replacement to man-made �ber in �ber-reinforced composites have increased and opened up further industrial possibilities. Natural �bers have the advantages of low density, low cost, biodegradability, recyclable, low pesticide and thus environmentally friendly. However, the main disadvantages of natural �bers in composites are the poor compatibility between �ber and matrix and the relative high moisture sorption. Therefore, chemical treatments are considered in modifying the �ber surface properties. In this paper, the different chemical modi�cations and treatments on jute �bers for use in natural �ber-reinforced composites are reviewed. Chemical treatments including alkali, permanganate treatments and others are discussed. The chemical treatment of �ber aimed at improving the adhesion between the �ber surface and the polymer matrix may not only modify the �ber surface but also increase �ber strength. Water absorption of composites is reduced and their mechanical properties are improved.

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