Topography of the interfacial shear strength and the mean intrinsic tensile strength of hemp fibers as a reinforcement of polypropylene
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
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The strength of the interphase between the reinforcements and the matrix has a major role in the mechanical properties of natural ¿ber reinforced polyole¿n composites. The creation of strong interphases is hindered by the hydrophobic and hydrophilic natures of the matrix and the reinforcements, respectively. Adding coupling agents has been a common strategy to solve this problem. Nonetheless, a correct dosage of such coupling agents is important to, on the one hand guarantee strong interphases and high tensile strengths, and on the other hand ensure a full exploitation of the strengthening capabilities of the reinforcements. The paper proposes using topographic pro¿le techniques to represent the e¿ect of reinforcement and coupling agent contents of the strength of the interphase and the exploitation of the reinforcements. This representation allowed identifying the areas that are more or less sensitive to coupling agent content. The research also helped by ¿nding that an excess of coupling agent had less impact than a lack of this component
CitationHernandez, D. [et al.]. Topography of the interfacial shear strength and the mean intrinsic tensile strength of hemp fibers as a reinforcement of polypropylene. "Materials", 20 Febrer 2020, vol. 13, núm. 4, p. 1012:1-1012:16.