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Title: MORPHOLOGICAL, PHYSICO-MECHANICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES OF BANANA PLANT FIBERS (MUSA SAPIENTUM)
Page Range: p.197-206
Author(s): Aseer J R; Sankaranarayanasamy K; Jayabalan P
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Journal: Applied Polymer Composites
Issue Year: apc
Volume: 1
Issue No: No.3

Abstract
Environmental consciousness and increasing awareness of green technology have stirred the entire gamut of industry to move towards new materials instead of using conventional synthetic polymeric fibres. They are both a responsible and a sustainable choice. Natural fibre can be a good substitute as they are available in fibrous form at low cost. The work presented here deals with banana fibres (Musa Sapientum) which are extracted from the stem of the banana plant. The microstructure, physical and mechanical properties are investigated. The diameter and density of the fibres are 0.15 mm and 1.36 g/cm3 respectively. Tensile test results show that tensile strength is in the range of 345-520 MPa. The fracture mode of fibres after tensile testing are investigated through Scanning electron microscope images (SEM). Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) shows that thermal stability of banana fibre is up to 252 deg C. 19 Refs.

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