Polymers 2014, 6(4), 977-994; doi:10.3390/polym6040977
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Analysis of the Influence of the Fiber Type in Polymer Matrix/Fiber Bond Using Natural Organic Polymer Stabilizer

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Received: 8 February 2014; in revised form: 18 March 2014 / Accepted: 20 March 2014 / Published: 31 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Natural Polymers 2014)
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Abstract: This research study compares the effect of polypropylene and wool fibers on the mechanical properties of natural polymer based stabilized soils. Biocomposites are becoming increasingly prevalent and this growth is expected to continue within a number of sectors including building materials. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of different fiber reinforced natural polymer stabilized soils with regards to mechanical properties and fiber adhesion characteristics. The polymer includes alginate, which is used in a wide range of applications but has not been commonly used within engineering and construction applications. In recent years, natural fibers have started to be used as an ecological friendly alternative for soil reinforcement within a variety of construction applications. Test results in this study have compared the effects of adding natural and synthetic fibers to clay soils and discussed the importance of an optimum soil specification. A correlation between the micro structural analysis using scanning electron microscope (SEM), fiber typology, fiber–matrix bonds and the mechanical properties of the stabilized soils is also discussed.
Keywords: natural polymers; polymer matrix/fiber bond; polypropylene fibers; stabilized soil; mechanical properties; SEM
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Rivera-Gómez, C.; Galán-Marín, C.; Bradley, F. Analysis of the Influence of the Fiber Type in Polymer Matrix/Fiber Bond Using Natural Organic Polymer Stabilizer. Polymers 2014, 6, 977-994.

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Rivera-Gómez C, Galán-Marín C, Bradley F. Analysis of the Influence of the Fiber Type in Polymer Matrix/Fiber Bond Using Natural Organic Polymer Stabilizer. Polymers. 2014; 6(4):977-994.

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Rivera-Gómez, Carlos; Galán-Marín, Carmen; Bradley, Fiona. 2014. "Analysis of the Influence of the Fiber Type in Polymer Matrix/Fiber Bond Using Natural Organic Polymer Stabilizer." Polymers 6, no. 4: 977-994.


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