Strain induced shifts in the Raman spectra of natural cellulose fibers

S. J. Eichhorn*, M. Hughes, R. Snell, L. Mott

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The strain and/or stress shifts in the characteristic spectral peaks of natural cellulosic fibers are presented. The fibers were observed under the microscope of a Raman spectroscope. The method is capable of giving measurement of not only the degree of cell-wall damage, but also a means of calibrating the strain relative to the number of defects in a fiber. Stress concentration shows up as a bright region in the matrix material surrounding a defect in the fiber. The defects were found to promote brittle fracture of the material as a whole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)721-723
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Materials Science Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2000
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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