Physical and Mechanical Properties of Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) Stems at Varying Moisture Contents

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S. A. Fagbemi

Abstract

The physical and mechanical properties of Nigerian variety Kenaf stems Ibadan Local were studied. Plant height was ranged from 224 cm to 327 cm and maximum stem diameter was ranged from 15 mm to 50 mm. The mechanical properties revealed that maximum cutting force and shearing energy were 1778.62 N and 10.20 J, respectively for 37% moisture content while it was 742.67 N and 3.74 J for 77% moisture content. The Young’s modulus ranged from 60.04 – 266.80 MPa. The greater shearing energy was obtained at the base of the stem.

Keywords:
Kenaf stems, moisture content, bast fibre, core fibre, decorticating, retting

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Fagbemi, S. A. (2020). Physical and Mechanical Properties of Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) Stems at Varying Moisture Contents. Asian Journal of Biotechnology and Bioresource Technology, 6(3), 6-10. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajb2t/2020/v6i330081
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