Print Email Facebook Twitter A comparison of wood and plant fiber properties Title A comparison of wood and plant fiber properties Author Robson, D.J. Hague, J. TNO Bouw Forest Products Society, Madison, US Contributor Caulfield, D.F. (editor) Rowell, R.M. (editor) Youngquist, J.A. (editor) Publication year 1996 Abstract Huge quantities of wood and nonwood plant fi-bers are produced each year. There is increasing interest in the use of nonwood fibers in composites. Many of these fibers are traded worldwide and have established prices. Prices range from $2,500 per tonne for cotton to $35 per tonne for straw. Fibers have a widely differing proportions of chemical constituents. For example, coir contains 45 percent lignin but cotton contains none. Nonwood plant fibers (cells) can be 30 times longer than wood fibers, twice as strong as wood fibers, and three times as stiff as wood fibers. The physical properties of plant fibers are not usually reflected in their price. Plant fibers compare favorably to glass fibers for strength and stiffness on a weight-for-weight basis Subject Materials To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:01f33b91-4236-4bd1-bcbc-9ea68a00833e TNO identifier 329083 Source Woodfiber-Plastic Composites: Virgin and Recycled Wood Fiber and Polymers for Composites, 41-46 Document type bookPart Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.