Influence of Pineapple Leaf Fiber Orientation and Volume Fraction
on Methyl Methacrylate-based Polymer Matrix for Prosthetic
Socket Applications


Eric Worlawoe Gaba (1), Bernard Owusu. Asimeng (1), Elsie Effah Kaufmann (1,2), E. Johan Foster (3), Elvis Kwason Tiburu (1,4)


(1) University of Ghana; (2) University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana; (3) University of British Columbia, Canada; (4) University of South Wales, Sydney

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This work reports on the use of low-cost pineapple leaf fiber (PALF) as an alternative
reinforcing material to the established, commonly used carbon fiber material for prosthetic
socket fabrication. The high cost of carbon fiber motivates this research looking at an
alternative reinforcing filler for composite development in resource-limited settings. The
objective of the work was to study the influence of PALF orientation and volume fraction on
methyl methacrylate-based polymer matrix for prosthetic socket application.


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