Evaluation of colombian crops fibrous byproducts for potential applications in sustainable building acoustics

Tomas Simon Gomez, Santiago Zuluaga, Maritza Jimenez, María de los Ángeles Navacerrada, María Del Mar Barbero-Barrera, Daniel de la Prida, Adriana Restrepo-Osorio, Patricia Fernández-Morales

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    Local production of construction materials is a valuable tool for improving the building sector sustainability. In this sense, the use of lignocellulosic fibers from local species becomes an interesting alternative to the development of such materials. As it is thought that the properties of fiber-based materials are dependent on the fibers properties, the knowledge of such properties is fundamental to promote materials development. This study compares the physical, morphological, acoustic, and mechanical characteristics of coir (Cocos nucifera) and fique (Furcraea Agavaceae) fibers and panels. The chemical composition appears to be associated with the general behavior of the fibers and panels, regarding higher tensile strength, thermal degradation behavior, and water absorption. In most tests, fique had the upper hand, showing superior performance; however, on thermal degradation and water absorption, both materials had similar behavior. The sound absorption measurement showed that the fiber diameter affects the sound absorption at high frequencies, where fique panels showed better performance than coir panels.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number101
    Pages (from-to)1-18
    Number of pages18
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 2021

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    This research was funded by SAPIENCIA, grant number RES 7701-2019, and Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, grant number 813B-06/17-18.

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    © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


    • Coir
    • Fique
    • Natural fibers
    • Sound absorption measurement
    • Sustainable materials


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