Facile extraction, processing and characterization of biorenewable sisal fibers for multifunctional applications

Asokan Pappu*, Mohini Saxena, Vijay Kumar Thakur, Anusha Sharma, Ruhi Haque

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Abstract

Synthetic fibers based materials have replaced most of the traditional metallic/ceramic materials for a number of applications owing to their enormous properties such as light weight, specific strength and modulus to name a few. Unfortunately, the traditional synthetic fibers are not desired from the health and environmental point of view. So, in this work, we have carried out the isolation, processing and characterization of cellulosic sisal fibers. These fibers were extracted for the first time by a simple and new unique mechanical extraction technique without affecting the quality of fibers. Subsequently these cellulosic sisal fibers were thoroughly characterized for their physicochemical, microstructure and mechanical properties. These fibers were then converted into fine textured sisal textile yarn made out of 3–6 sisal fibers in continuous operation and used for the preparation of new green materials. Different properties of fine textured sisal textile and the impact of sisal fine textile on the physical, microstructural, thermal and mechanical characteristics of the green materials were studied and discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-432
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Macromolecular Science, Part A: Pure and Applied Chemistry
Volume53
Issue number7
Early online date17 May 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - 2 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • bi-directional sisal textile, processing
  • Cellulosic sisal fibers
  • characterization
  • mechanical properties

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