Tensile behaviour of natural fibres. Effect of loading rate, temperature and humidity on the “accommodation” phenomena
Department of Applied Mechanics – FEMTO-ST Institute – UMR CNRS
6174 – University of Franche-Comté – 25000
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The use of natural fibres in high performance composite requires an accurate understanding of the mechanical behaviour of the fibres themselves. As for all biobased materials, the mechanical properties of natural fibres depend generally on the testing rate and on the environmental conditions. In addition, natural fibres as hemp for example exhibit a particular mechanism of stiffness increase and accommodation phenomena under cyclic loading. Loading rate, temperature and humidity effects on the viscoelastic properties of hemp fibres were investigated in this work. The collected results clearly emphasis the involvement of time-dependant and mechano-sorptive mechanisms.
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