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Journal of Composites
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 350737, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/350737
Research Article

Interfacial Adhesion Characteristics of Kenaf Fibres Subjected to Different Polymer Matrices and Fibre Treatments

Centre of Advanced Materials and Green Technologies, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, 75450 Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama, Melaka, Malaysia

Received 15 July 2014; Revised 9 October 2014; Accepted 12 October 2014; Published 6 November 2014

Academic Editor: Sandro C. Amico

Copyright © 2014 Umar Nirmal et al. 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 study is aimed at determining the interfacial adhesion strength (IAS) of kenaf fibres using different chemical treatments in hydrochloric (HCl) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) with different concentrations. Single fibre pullout tests (SFPT) were carried out for both untreated and treated fibres partially embedded into three different polymer matrices; polyester, epoxy, and polyurethane (PU) as reinforcement blocks and tested under dry loading conditions. The study revealed that kenaf fibres treated with 6% NaOH subjected to polyester, epoxy, and PU matrices exhibits excellent IAS while poor in acidic treatment. The effect of SFPT results was mainly attributed to chemical composition of the fibres, types of fibre treatments, and variation in resin viscosities. By scanning electron microscopy examination of the material failure morphology, the fibres experienced brittle and ductile fibre breakage mechanisms after treatment with acidic and alkaline solutions.