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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 325085, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/325085
Research Article

A Study in Physical and Mechanical Properties of Hemp Fibres

Materials Research Centre, School of Engineering, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK

Received 15 May 2013; Revised 20 July 2013; Accepted 23 July 2013

Academic Editor: S. Komarneni

Copyright © 2013 Asim Shahzad. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper presents the results of the experiments undertaken to evaluate various physical and mechanical properties of hemp fibres. The study of these properties is vital for comparison with similar properties of synthetic fibres and for assessing hemp fibres’ suitability for use as reinforcement in composite materials. The properties of hemp fibres were found to be good enough to be used as reinforcement in composite materials. However, the issues of relatively high moisture content of fibres, variability in fibre properties, and relatively poor fibre/matrix interfacial strength were identified as factors that can reduce the efficiency with which these fibres can be utilised.