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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 9 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 366-371
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2009.366.371
Influence of Alkaline and Enzymatic Treatments on the Properties of Doum Palm Fibres and Composite
F. Zbidi, S. Sghaier, M.B. Nejma and M. Zidi

Abstract:
In the presents study, an analysis of the influence of alkaline treatment for different concentrations as well as that of the enzymatic treatment on the morphology and on the mechanical properties of the leafstalk doum palm fibres is detailed to improve the hydrophobicity, the compatibility fibre/matrix and the composite mechanical resistance. The fibre surface topography has been characterized by SEM. And the obtained images show that the alkaline treatment gives porous fibres and the biological treatment gives smooth surfaces. The results confirm that both treatments eliminate the fibre residual impurities and influence their properties. A tensile test series were carried out to study the effect of the treatments on the mechanical features of the leafstalk doum palm fibres. The chemical treatment for a concentration of 1.5 N has improved considerably the mechanical properties. The composites used were made of doum palm fibres as reinforcement for epoxy resins. The composite mechanical properties have been studied from flexural tests. This study presents the results of an experimental investigation in order to select the best mechanical characteristics of epoxy resin/doum palm fibres.
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F. Zbidi, S. Sghaier, M.B. Nejma and M. Zidi, 2009. Influence of Alkaline and Enzymatic Treatments on the Properties of Doum Palm Fibres and Composite. Journal of Applied Sciences, 9: 366-371.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2009.366.371

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2009.366.371

 
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