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Sugar palm fibre and its composites: a review of recent developments


Mukhtar, Isma'ila and Leman, Zulkiflle and Ishak, Mohamad Ridzwan and Zainudin, Edi Syams (2016) Sugar palm fibre and its composites: a review of recent developments. BioResources, 11 (4). pp. 10756-10782. ISSN 1930-2126


The use of natural fibres as reinforcement in composite materials has increased over the years due to the rapid demand for renewable, cost-effective, and eco-friendly materials in many applications. The most common and adopted natural fibres used as reinforcements are flax, kenaf, hemp, jute, coir, sisal, and abaca. However, sugar palm fibre (SPF) as one of the natural fibres is gaining acceptance as a reinforcement in composites, though it has been known for decades in the rural communities for its multipurpose traditional uses. Sugar palm fibre (SPF) is extracted from sugar palm tree typically from its four morphological parts, namely, trunk, bunch, frond, and the surface of the trunk, which is known as Ijuk. In this paper, sugar palm tree, its fibre and composites, and biopolymers derived from its starch are discussed. Major challenges and the way forward for the use of sugar palm fibre and its composites are highlighted. This review also opens areas for further research on sugar palm fibre and its composites for academia and industries.

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Item Type: Article
Subject: Sugar palm fibre; Natural fibre composites; Biopolymer; Properties; Biodegradability
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products
Publisher: North Carolina State University
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2018 00:37
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 00:37
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/53934
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