Fiber Reinforced Composites

Fiber Reinforced Composites

Constituents, Compatibility, Perspectives and Applications

1st Edition - March 20, 2021

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  • Editors: Joseph Kuruvilla, Kristiina Oksman, George Gejo, Runcy Wilson, Saritha Appukuttan
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128210901
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128210918

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Polymer-based fibre-reinforced composites FRC’s have now come out as a major class of structural materials being used or regarded as substituent’s for metals in several critical components in space, automotive and other industries (marine, and sports goods) owing to their low density, strength-weight ratio, and fatigue strength. FRC’s have several commercial as well as industrial applications ranging from aircraft, space, automotive, sporting goods, marine, and infrastructure. The above-mentioned applications of FRC’s clearly reveal that FRC’s have the potential to be used in a broad range of different engineering fields with the added advantages of low density, and resistance to corrosion compared to conventional metallic and ceramic composites. However, for scientists/researchers/R&D’s to fabricate FRC’s with such potential there should be careful and precise design followed by suitable process development based on properties like mechanical, physical, and thermal that are unique to each application. Hence the last few decades have witnessed considerable research on fibre reinforced composites. Fibre Reinforced Composites: Constituents, Compatibility, Perspectives and Applications presents a widespread all-inclusive review on fibre-reinforced composites ranging from the different types of processing techniques to chemical modification of the fibre surface to enhance the interfacial adhesion between the matrix and fibre and the structure-property relationship. It illustrates how high value composites can be produced by efficient and sustainable processing methods by selecting different constituents [fibres and resins]. Researchers in academia working in composites and accompanying areas [materials characterisation] and industrial manufacturers who need information on composite constituents and how they relate to each other for a certain application will find the book extremely useful when they need to make decisions about materials selection for their products.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the different types of FRC’s that are currently available (e.g. from polymeric matrices to metallic and ceramic matrices, from carbon fibre to different types of natural fibres and from short to long fibre reinforced), their processing techniques, characterization of different properties, and how to improve the interfacial adhesion between an incompatible fibre and matrix and their applications
  • Looks at crisis areas such as how to incorporate incompatible fibres and matrices together (e.g. Non-polar polypropylene matrix is not compatible with that of polar natural fibres and hence suitable surface modifications are required to make them compatible with each other) along with low cost processing methods, low density and high strength
  • Uncovers clarifications to both elementary and practical problems related to the fabrication of FRCs
  • Schematic representations depicting the interaction between different fibre types and matrices will be provided in some chapters


Scientists/Researchers working in the field of fibre reinforced composites; Research laboratories, Polymer Scientists, Polymer Chemists, Polymer Engineers, Composite Panel manufacturing companies and R&D’s, Automobile, aerospace companies and their R&D’s dedicated to the use of fibre reinforced panels in different applications

Table of Contents

  • 1. An introduction to fibre reinforced composite materials
    2. Various fabrication methods employed in fiber reinforced composites
    3. Surface treatments in fibre reinforced composites
    4. Machining of Composite Materials
    5. Thermoplastic natural fibre based Composites
    6. Biobased polyamide reinforced with natural fibre composites
    7. Elastomer matrix based natural fibre composites
    8. Thermosetting natural fibre based composites
    9. Polymer Blend Natural Fibre based Composites
    10. Biodegradability studies of lignocellulosic fiber reinforced composites
    11. Carbon and Glass Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Matrix Composites
    12. Carbon fiber and Glass fiber reinforced elastomeric composites
    13. Thermosetting matrix-based glass and carbon fibre composites
    14. Recent toughening strategies in carbon fibre reinforced composites
    15. Commingled composites
    16. Hollow fibre reinforced polymer composites
    17. Metal fibre reinforced composites
    18. Aramid fibre reinforced composites
    19. Recycling of fibre reinforced thermosetting composites
    20. Fibre reinforced cement-based composites
    21. Fibre reinforced metal matrix composites
    22. Continuous Fibre reinforced ceramic matrix composites
    23. Industrial and biomedical applications of fibre reinforced composites
    24. Automotive and construction applications of fibre reinforced composites
    25. Fiber reinforced composites for aerospace and sports applications

Product details

  • No. of pages: 906
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2021
  • Published: March 20, 2021
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128210901
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128210918

About the Editors

Joseph Kuruvilla

Prof. Kuruvilla Joseph did his PhD at CSIR-NIIST (Formerly RRL), Trivandrum in 1993 and did Post Doctoral work in Brazil and Sweden. He is the editor of a book titled “Advances in Polymer Composites” (three volumes) published by John Wiley and Sons and “Elastomeric Materials for Potential EMI Shielding Applications, Processing, Properties and Current Trends” (Elsevier) and is currently editing a book titled “Fibre reinforced composites: Constituents, compatibility, perspectives and applications” (Elsevier). He has authored several book chapters published by international publishers. He has so far produced 18 PhDs. Prof Kuruvilla has around 180 international publications in reputed journals (Elsevier, RSC, ACS, Wiley etc.).

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Professor and Dean, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Kristiina Oksman

Prof. Oksman has been chair professor and director of Composite Centre at Luleå University of Technology, Division of Materials Science, since 2006 and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry, Canada since 2006. She is the editor on Biocomposites for Elsevier’s Composites Part A. Prof. Oksman has been working with natural fiber composites for more than 25 years and the last 12 years focusing on biobased nanocomposites and their property characterization and processing. Other research activities have also included biocarbon and electrospinning of biopolymers. She has more than 300 scientific publications and conference proceedings in the field of nanostructured biomaterials and biocomposites and is highly cited. Her H index is 67 and i10 index is 166 with a total citation of 20700. Her main expertise is the fundamental understanding of nanomaterials and composites, their processing development and the relationship between the manufacturing process, the structure and properties.

Affiliations and Expertise

Division of Materials Science, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden

George Gejo

Dr. George obtained his PhD in Chemistry from Kalasalingam University, Tamil Nadu, India in 2014, specializing in the area of commingled natural fiber composites. He published several articles in high-impact journals (Composite Part A, Composite Part B, Carbon, Scientific Reports etc.) and wrote chapters for several books. He has two and a half years of experience as a junior scientist at the Corporate R&D Centre, HLL Lifecare Limited, a Government of India Enterprise, in the area of graphene/natural rubber latex nanocomposites for contraceptive applications. Dr. George also completed two years of post-doctoral research in the area of EMI shielding materials during his tenure as UGC-DSKPDF at School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. He was also a post-doctoral researcher at Division of Materials Science, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden for 1 year and 8 months and worked in the area of high quality carbon nanomaterials from biomass. He has also co-edited a book titled “Materials for Potential EMI Shielding Applications: Processing, Properties and Current Trends” published by Elsevier. His present research interests include natural fiber-based composites, carbon nanocomposites for EMI shielding applications, graphene-based composites, and biomass/biochar to advanced carbon nanomaterials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Research and Post Graduate Department of Chemistry, St. Berchmans College (Autonomous), Changanacherry, Kerala, India

Runcy Wilson

Dr. Wilson is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, St. Cyril’s College, Kerala, India. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. He has written several publications in international journals and conference proceedings. He has also co-edited two books one titled “Transport Properties of Polymeric Membranes” and the other titled “Materials for Potential EMI Shielding Applications: Processing, Properties and Current Trends” published by Elsevier. He has also conducted research work at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Runcy has also almost two years of industrial experience as a junior scientist at the Corporate R&D Centre, HLL Lifecare Limited, a Government of India Enterprise, in the area of synthesis of green polymers. His current research interests include polymer nanocomposites for membrane applications, synthesis of biodegradable polymers for medical applications, and development of high quality EMI shielding material.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemistry, St. Cyrils College, Adoor, Kerala, India

Saritha Appukuttan

Dr. Saritha Appukuttan earned her PhD from Mahatma Gandhi University in 2012 in the area of polymer nanocomposites under the supervision of Prof. Kuruvilla Joseph. She has 11 book chapters published by international publishers (Springer, Wiley, Elsevier) and several publications in international journals (Composites Part A , Composites Part B, Materials Chemistry and Physics etc) and is currently editing a book “Fibre reinforced composites: Constituents, compatibility, perspectives and applications” (Elsevier).

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwavidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kollam, India

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