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Natural Fiber Composites as Potential External Strengthening Material – A Review

Foo, Sheng Tong and Chin, Siew Choo and Doh, Shu Ing and Jolius, Gimbun (2017) Natural Fiber Composites as Potential External Strengthening Material – A Review. Indian Journal of Science and Technology, 10 (2). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0974-6846 (Print); 0974-5645 (Online)

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Abstract

Synthetic Fiber Rreinforced Polymer composites (FRP) have been widely accepted by the construction industries as an effective external strengthening material to rehabilitate the existing structures deficiencies. These materials possess outstanding performances like high strength-to-weight ratio, resistance to corrosion, and lightness. However, the drawbacks include high costs during the manufacturing and end-life services, less environmental-friendly and cause adverse effects to human health. Environmental issues on global warming have triggered rapid development of natural fibers as sustainable materials for the strengthening of Reinforced Concrete (RC) structures. This paper presents a detailed review on the potential use of natural fibers as reinforcement in polymeric strengthening materials. A comparison was made between various types of fibers in terms of their chemical and mechanical properties. Bamboo fiber has demonstrated great potential among other natural fibers due to its superior physico-mechanical and thermal properties.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bamboo Fiber; External Strengthening; Natural Fiber; Natural Fiber Composites; Structural Application
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty/Division: Centre of Excellence: Centre of Excellence for Advanced Research in Fluid Flow
Faculty of Civil Engineering & Earth Resources
Depositing User: Mrs. Neng Sury Sulaiman
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2017 02:33
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 04:22
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/16451
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