Two Fibers Used in the Colombian Amazonia and Their Use as Potential Reinforcement for Composite Materials

  • Henry A. ColoradoEmail author
  • Claudio Aguilar
  • Sergio Neves Monteiro
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)


This investigation present results about the use of four natural fibers used in the Colombian Amazonia, particularly from the Guainia State, and their potential use as reinforcement in natural composite materials. This and other regions have been poorly explored because there was a large-scale conflict in the area, which has recently finalized. Indigenous people have been using these fibers for millenniums in many used that includes weapons, food preparation, ornaments, bags, and many others presented here. Particular attention is given to the fibers potentially for engineering applications. These natural materials were studied with scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. Tensile tests and fiber stability are also presented.


Waste tire rubber Composites Polyurethane Mechanical characterization 



The authors thank the indigenous community El Remanso and the people from Guainia for their cooperation and kindness in share their knowledge with us.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry A. Colorado
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Claudio Aguilar
    • 3
  • Sergio Neves Monteiro
    • 4
  1. 1.Facultad de IngenieriaUniversidad de AntioquiaMedellínColombia
  2. 2.CCComposites LaboratoryUniversidad de Antioquia, UdeAMedellínColombia
  3. 3.Metallurgical and Materials DepartmentUniversidad Técnica Federico Santa MaríaValparaísoChile
  4. 4.Military Institute of Engineering, IMERio de JaneiroBrazil

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