The purpose of this paper is to present the review of natural fibre composites as well as a specific type of fibre, i.e., sugar palm fibre and its composites.
The approach of this review paper is to present previous work on natural fibres and their composites. Then a review of several important aspects such as history, origin, botanic description, distribution, application and characterisation of sugar palm tree, and its fibre is presented. Finally a review of properties and characterisation of sugar palm composites is presented.
Findings of this review include the potential application of natural fibres and their composites for engineering application, the use of sugar palm and its fibres, as well as the suitability of sugar palm composites in engineering application after conducting review of their performance and characterisation.
The value of this review is to highlight the potential of natural fibres, natural fibre composites, sugar palm, sugar palm fibres and sugar palm composites as materials for engineering applications.
The authors would like to thank Universiti Putra Malaysia for providing the research grant (Putra IPB 9441500). The authors would also like to thank Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products, Universiti Putra Malaysia for providing facilities to carry out the experiment. Special thanks are also extended to University Putra Malaysia for funding the Master of Science degree for the principle author under grant research fellowship (GRF).
Huzaifah, M.R.M., Sapuan, S.M., Leman, Z., Ishak, M.R. and Maleque, M.A. (2017), "A review of sugar palm (
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