Enhanced rules-of-mixture for natural fibre reinforced polymer matrix (NFRP) composites (comment on Lau et al in volume 136)
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The use of rules-of-mixture to predict the elastic modulus and strength of natural fibre-reinforced composites is often compromised by the fibre properties used in the calculations being derived with an assumption of circular cross-section, when real fibres have polygonal cross-section. A fibre area correction factor (FACF) has been proposed to address this inaccuracy and has been demonstrated to improve the predictions.
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