Journal of Polymers and the Environment

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 126–136 | Cite as

Self-hybridization and Coupling Agent Effect on the Properties of Natural Fiber/HDPE Composites

  • A. A. Pérez-Fonseca
  • J. R. Robledo-OrtízEmail author
  • F. J. Moscoso-Sánchez
  • F. J. Fuentes-Talavera
  • D. Rodrigue
  • R. González-Núñez
Original Paper


This work investigates the combination of different fiber sizes (self-hybridization) on the mechanical properties of composite materials. High density polyethylene composites based on agave and pine fibers were prepared using different ratios of long and short fibers. Furthermore, the effect of coupling agent (maleated polyethylene) versus self-hybridization was evaluated. Several studies in the past have shown that coupling agents can improve the mechanical properties of natural fiber composites. Nevertheless, this study shows that a combination of two particle sizes is also an interesting option to increase mechanical properties like impact strength, as well as tensile and flexural moduli. On the other hand, the presence of coupling agent enhanced the fiber-matrix interfacial adhesion and its effect was more evident on the tensile strength.


Self-hybrid composites Mechanical properties Coupling agent Natural fibers 



This research was supported by Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT grant CB-2012-01 # 181551).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Pérez-Fonseca
    • 1
  • J. R. Robledo-Ortíz
    • 2
    Email author
  • F. J. Moscoso-Sánchez
    • 1
  • F. J. Fuentes-Talavera
    • 2
  • D. Rodrigue
    • 3
  • R. González-Núñez
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Ingeniería QuímicaUniversidad de GuadalajaraGuadalajaraMexico
  2. 2.Departamento de Madera, Celulosa y PapelUniversidad de GuadalajaraLas Agujas, ZapopanMexico
  3. 3.Department of Chemical Engineering and CERMAUniversité LavalQuebec CityCanada

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