Research into low-cost housing solutions, especially for low- and middle-income countries, has grown in recent years. Greater use of natural materials, both mineral and bio-based, offers opportunities for more affordable and sustainable materials and products. In this study, fibres and stalks from the sorghum plant have been investigated as potential additives in low-cost brick production. Analysis of the sorghum fibres and stalks has included microstructural examination using a scanning electron microscope and mercury intrusion porosimetry, together with tensile strength testing of fibres. Sorghum stalks and fibres were found to have comparable tensile strength to fibres currently used for brick production.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 17 May 2021
EventThe 5th International Conference on Natural Fibres, online conference - Online - organized by the University of Minho, Portugal
Duration: 17 May 202119 May 2021
Conference number: 5


ConferenceThe 5th International Conference on Natural Fibres, online conference
Abbreviated titleICNF2021
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  • Sorghum stalk fibres
  • Tensile Strength
  • SEM
  • MIP


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