A New Study on Characterization and Properties of Natural Fibers Obtained from Olive Tree (Olea europaea L.) Residues

Basheer A. Alshammari, Majed D. Alotaibi, Othman Y. Alothman, M. R. Sanjay, Lau Kia Kian, Zeyad Almutairi, Mohammad Jawaid

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Abstract

Nowadays, fibers extracted from natural resources have a wide range of promising applications, including the prospect to be used as reinforcing material in polymer composites. In this context, the purpose of this study has been to extract fibers from different parts of the olive tree (leaves, small and large branches) and characterize their physico-chemical, thermal, and morphological properties using advanced equipment. Olive leaf (OL) fiber showed asymmetrical size distribution, as compared to those extracted from small olive branches (OSS), and big olive branches (OBS). The OL fiber exhibited 64.1% crystallinity, which is lower than that of the OSS fiber—with 65.4% crystallinity. Thermal analysis revealed that the OBS and OSS fibers are more thermally stable, compared to the OL fibers. The obtained results concluded that olive tree fibers can be suitable for being used as reinforcement material to develop polymer composites for various lightweight applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2334-2340
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Polymers and the Environment
Volume27
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Chemical composition
  • Morphological properties
  • Olive tree
  • Structural properties
  • Thermal properties

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