Effect of inter-fibre bonding on the fracture of fibrous networks with strong interactions

Stergios Goutianos*, Rui Mao, Ton Peijs

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Abstract The mechanical response of cellulose nanopaper composites is investigated using a three-dimensional (3D) finite element fibrous network model with focus on the effect of inter-fibre bonds. It is found that the Young’s modulus and strength, for fixed fibre properties, are mainly controlled by the density and strength of the inter-fibre bonds. An increase of the inter-fibre bond density and inter-fibre bond strength results in an increase of both the Young’s modulus and strength of the fibrous network materials. The fracture energy of the inter-fibre bonds has a minor effect on the mechanical properties of the cellulose nanopapers. The inter-fibre bond properties and density have a minor effect on the strain to failure of the cellulose nanopaper. The effect of the fibre properties, through the ratio of fibre tensile strength to fibre Young’s modulus, has also a significant impact on mechanical response of the network including the strain to failure.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Pages (from-to)271-278
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Nanocellulose
  • Nanopaper
  • Inter-fibre bonds

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