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Nanoscale Structural and Mechanical Characterization of the Cell Wall of Bamboo Fibers
Materials Science and Engingeering: C
  • Linhua Zou
  • Helena Jin
  • Wei-Yang Lu
  • Xiaodong Li, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Publication Date
5-5-2009
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Bamboo is a natural biological composite with superior mechanical strength and toughness. What is the secret recipe that Mother Nature uses to fabricate bamboo? Here we report discovery of cobble-like polygonal cellulose nanograins with a diameter of 21–198 nm in the cell wall of bamboo fibers. These nanograins are basic building blocks that are used to construct individual bamboo fibers. Nanoscale mechanical tests were carried out on individual fiber cell walls by nanoindentation. The nanograin-structured bamboo fibers are not brittle in nature but somewhat ductile. The bamboo fiber reinforcing mechanisms are discussed with reference to the hierarchical structure and mechanical properties of individual bamboo components.
Citation Information
Linhua Zou, Helena Jin, Wei-Yang Lu and Xiaodong Li. "Nanoscale Structural and Mechanical Characterization of the Cell Wall of Bamboo Fibers" Materials Science and Engingeering: C Vol. 29 Iss. 4 (2009) p. 1375 - 1379
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/xiaodong_li/53/