Giant Reed (Arundo donax L.) Fiber Extraction and Characterization for Its Use in Polymer Composites

Luis Suárez, Mateusz Barczewski, Paulina Kosmela, María D. Marrero & Zaida Ortega
This work describes an extraction method for giant reed fibers from stems and leaves based on chemical soaking and crushing through a rolling mill. Obtained fibers, together with the shredded plant (stems + leaves), are characterized in terms of chemical composition, thermal stability, morphology, and crystallinity. Mechanical properties of fibers have also been assessed (single fiber tensile tests). The results show that the proposed method allows obtaining fibers with higher cellulose content (near 70%), good...
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