Chemically extracted cornhusk fibers as reinforcement in light-weight poly(propylene) composites

Shah Huda, Yiqi Yang

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Flexural, impact resistance, tensile, and sound absorption properties of composites from cornhusk fiber (CHF) and PP have been investigated. The effect of holding temperature, CHF length, CHF concentration, and enzyme treatment of CHF on mechanical properties and the effect of the latter two on sound absorption have been studied. Compared with jute/PP composites, CHF/PP composites have similar impact resistance, 33% higher flexural strength, 71% lower flexural modulus, 43% higher tensile strength, 54% lower tensile modulus, and slightly higher noise reduction coefficient. Enzyme treatment of CHF results in increased mechanical and sound absorption properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-243
Number of pages9
JournalMacromolecular Materials and Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 12 2008


  • Biofibers
  • Composites
  • Cornhusk fibers
  • Polymermatrix composites
  • Renewable resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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