Natural Fibre Composites

Materials, Processes and Properties

Edited by

  • Alma Hodzic, Sheffield University, UK
  • Robert Shanks, RMIT University, Australia

The use of natural fibres as reinforcements in composites has grown in importance in recent years. Natural Fibre Composites summarises the wealth of significant recent research in this area.

Chapters in part one introduce and explore the structure, properties, processing, and applications of natural fibre reinforcements, including those made from wood and cellulosic fibres. Part two describes and illustrates the processing of natural fibre composites. Chapters discuss ethical practices in the processing of green composites, manufacturing methods and compression and injection molding techniques for natural fibre composites, and thermoset matrix natural fibre-reinforced composites. Part three highlights and interprets the testing and properties of natural fibre composites including, non-destructive and high strain rate testing. The performance of natural fibre composites is examined under dynamic loading, the response of natural fibre composites to impact damage is appraised, and the response of natural fibre composites in a marine environment is assessed.

Natural Fibre Composites is a technical guide for professionals requiring an understanding of natural fibre composite materials. It offers reviews, applications and evaluations of the subject for researchers and engineers.

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Professionals, researchers, and engineers requiring understanding of natural fiber composite materials


Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-524-4

Table of Contents

Part I Natural fibre reinforcements
1 Wood fibres as reinforcements in natural fibre composites: Structure, properties, processing and applications
D. Dai and M. Fan, Brunel University, UK
2 Chemistry and structure of cellulosic fibres as reinforcements in natural fibre composites
R. A. Shanks, RMIT University, Australia
3 Creating hierarchical structures in cellulosic fibre-reinforced polymer composites for advanced performance
K.-Y. Lee and A. Bismarck, Institute of Materials Chemistry and Research, University of Vienna, Austria and Imperial College London, UK
4 Using recycled polymers in natural fibre-reinforced polymer composites
M. A. Al-Maadeed and S. Labidi, Qatar University, Qatar
5 Electrospun cellulosic fibre-reinforced composite materials
D. S. Le Corre, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, N. Tucker, The NZ Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd., New Zealand and M. P. Staiger, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Part II Processing of natural fibre composites
6 Ethical practices in the processing of green composites
C. Baillie, The University of Western Australia, Australia and E. Feinblatt, Waste for Life, USA
7 Manufacturing methods for natural fibre composites
J. Summerscales and S. Grove, Plymouth University, UK
8 Compression and injection molding techniques for natural fiber composites
Y. W. Leong, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Republic of Singapore and S. Thitithanasarn, K. Yamada and H. Hamada, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
9 Thermoset matrix natural fibre-reinforced composites
A. Crosky and N. Soatthiyanon, University of New South Wales, Australia and Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures, Australia, D. Ruys, St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Australia and S. Meatherall and S. Potter, Composites Innovation Centre, Canada
Part III Testing and properties
10 Non-destructive testing (NDT) of natural fiber composites: Acoustic emission technique
F. Sarasini and C. Santulli, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
11 High strain rate testing of natural fiber composites
A. Argento and W. Kim, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA
12 Performance of natural fiber composites under dynamic loading
H. Md Akil and M. H. Zamri, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia
13 The response of natural fibre composites to impact damage: A case study
H. Ghasemnejad and A. Aboutorabi, Kingston University London, UK
14 Natural fibre composites in a marine environment
M. P. Ansell, University of Bath, UK