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TitleStudy on the degradation of natural fiber geotextiles
Author(s)Carvalho, R.
Costa, José Eduardo Gonçalves
Fangueiro, Raúl
Correia, A. Gomes
Issue date2015
Abstract(s)Current societal challenges increasingly demand the need to seek for efficient and sustainable solutions to daily problems. Construction, as a result of its activity, is one of the main responsible industry for the exploitation of resources and greenhouse gas emissions. In this way, several research works are being undertaken to change some of the current practices. This paper presents the work being done at University of Minho to study de degradation of natural fibers when used as a sustainable solution for soil reinforcement. Jute and sisal fibrous structures (0º/90º) were studied in terms of their degradation over time, when incorporated into soil and when subject to accelerated aging tests in a QUV weathering test equipment. Results show that the process of biodegradation of natural fibers is clearly accelerated by the action of temperature, moisture and solar radiation, explaining further degradation of jute and sisal fibers when exposed to these factors, although more pronounced in jute fabric structures.
TypeConference paper
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