Imperial College London

DrSiti RosShamsuddin

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Teaching Fellow



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BibTex format

author = {Shamsuddin, SR and Lee, KY and Bismarck, A},
doi = {10.1016/j.compositesa.2016.08.021},
journal = {Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing},
pages = {633--641},
title = {Ductile unidirectional continuous rayon fibre-reinforced hierarchical composites},
url = {},
volume = {90},
year = {2016}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Endless rayon fibres (Cordenka®) were used to reinforce polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) nanocomposites containing 2.5 wt.% nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) to create truly green hierarchical composites. Unidirectional (UD) composites with 50–55% fibre volume fraction were produced using a solvent-free continuous wet powder impregnation method. The composites exhibit ductile failure behaviour with a strain-to-failure of more than 10% albeit using a very brittle matrix. Improvements at a model composite level were translated into higher mechanical properties of UD hierarchical composites. The Young’s moduli of rayon fibre-reinforced (NFC-reinforced) PHB composites were about 15 GPa. The tensile and flexural strength of hierarchical PHB composites increased by 15% and 33% as compared to the rayon fibre-reinforced neat PHB composites. This suggests that incorporation of NFC into the PHB matrix binds the rayon fibres, which does affect the load transfer between the constituents resulting in composites with better mechanical properties.
AU - Shamsuddin,SR
AU - Lee,KY
AU - Bismarck,A
DO - 10.1016/j.compositesa.2016.08.021
EP - 641
PY - 2016///
SN - 1359-835X
SP - 633
TI - Ductile unidirectional continuous rayon fibre-reinforced hierarchical composites
T2 - Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
UR -
UR -
VL - 90
ER -