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Title: Characterization of Agave americana L. plant as potential source of fibres for composites obtaining
Authors: Ortega, Zaida 
Castellano, Jessica
Suarez, Luis 
Paz Hernández, Rubén 
Diaz, Noelia 
Benítez, Antonio N. 
Marrero Alemán, María Dolores 
UNESCO Clasification: 3303 ingeniería y tecnología químicas
Keywords: Mechanical-Properties
Water-Sorption
Alkali
Cellulose
Issue Date: 2019
Journal: Sn Applied Sciences 
Abstract: This paper summarises the results obtained from the characterization assays from century plant (Agave americana L.), determining the chemical composition of different parts of the plant. Fibres were obtained by means of a mechanical device, specifically designed and built for Agave americana leaves processing. Obtained fibres were subjected to thermogravimetric analysis and infrared spectra, and their chemical composition was also determined by quantitative acid hydrolysis. Once obtained, fibres were blended up to 40% (in weight) to obtain composites by compression moulding, using polyethylene as matrix; mechanical testing show improvements in elastic modulus for both tensile and flexural tests; increase in flexural maximum strength were also found for the composites, while tensile strength is slightly reduced with the introduction of agave fibres. The research is part of a project developed in the Macaronesian region, which aim is to demonstrate the feasibility of using biomass from invasive plant species in the composites sector as a way of financing control campaigns and habitats conservation labours, which is the main novelty of this research.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/69287
ISSN: 2523-3963
DOI: 10.1007/s42452-019-1022-2
Source: Sn Applied Sciences[ISSN 2523-3963],v. 1 (9)
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