Description

One of the major reasons for composite failure is a breakdown of the bond between the reinforcement fibres and the matrix. When this happens, the composite loses strength and fails. By engineering the interface between the natural fibres and the matrix, the properties of the composite can be manipulated to give maximum performance. Interface engineering of natural fibre composites for maximum performance looks at natural (sustainable) fibre composites and the growing trend towards their use as reinforcements in composites.

Part one focuses on processing and surface treatments to engineer the interface in natural fibre composites and looks in detail at modifying cellulose fibre surfaces in the manufacture of natural fibre composites, interface tuning through matrix modification and preparation of cellulose nanocomposites. It also looks at the characterisation of fibre surface treatments by infrared and raman spectroscopy and the effects of processing and surface treatment on the interfacial adhesion and mechanical properties of natural fibre composites. Testing interfacial properties in natural fibre composites is the topic of part two which discusses the electrochemical characterisation of the interfacial properties of natural fibres, assesses the mechanical and thermochemical properties and moisture uptake behaviour of natural fibres and studies the fatigue and delamination of natural fibre composites before finishing with a look at Raman spectroscopy and x-ray scattering for assessing the interface in natural fibre composites

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors Interface engineering of natural fibre composites for maximum performance is an invaluable resource to composite manufacturers and developers, materials scientists and engineers and anyone involved in designing and formulating composites or in industries that use natural fibre composites.

Key Features

  • Examines characterisation of fibre surface treatments by infrared and raman spectroscopy and the effects of processing and surface treatment
  • Reviews testing interfacial properties in natural fibre composites including the electrochemical characterisation of the interfacial properties of natural fibres
  • Assesses the mechanical and thermochemical properties and moisture uptake behaviour of natural fibres and studies the fatigue and delamination of natural fibre composites

Readership

Professionals and academics.

Table of Contents

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Part I: Processing and surface treatments to compose the interface in natural fibre composites

Chapter 1: Modifying cellulose fiber surfaces in the manufacture of natural fiber composites

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Physical treatments

1.3 Chemical grafting

1.4 Conclusions

Chapter 2: Interface engineering through matrix modification in natural fibre composites

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Motivation behind using natural fibre composites and trends

2.3 Challenges in using natural fibre composites: the problem of low adhesion

2.4 Matrix modification, coupling mechanism and efficiency of bonding

2.5 Effect of matrix modification on interfacial properties

2.6 Effect of matrix modification on macroscopic properties

2.7 Future trends

2.8 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 3: Preparation of cellulose nanocomposites

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Hierarchical structure of natural fibers

3.3 From micro- to nanoscale

3.4 Preparation of cellulose nanocrystals

3.5 Processing of cellulose nanocomposites

3.6 Properties of cellulose nanocomposites

3.7 Conclusions and future trends

Chapter 4: Characterization of fiber surface treatments in natural fiber composites by infrared and Raman spectroscopy

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Methods and techniques

4.3 Analysis of natural fibers and surface treatments

4.4 Chemical treatments

4.5 Interfaces in polymer composites

4.6 Summary

Chapter 5: Testing the effect of processing and surface treatment on the interfacial adhesion of single fibres in natural fibre composites

Abstract:

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Methods for characterization of single-fibre–polymer matrix interfacial adhesion

Details

No. of pages:
428
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
Electronic ISBN:
9780857092281
Print ISBN:
9781845697426
Print ISBN:
9780081017425

About the editor

Nikolaos Zafeiropoulos

Dr. Nikolaos E. Zafeiropoulos is Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Ioannina in Greece. He is widely regarded for his research expertise on interfaces in composite materials, the development of novel nanohybrid materials and composite hybrid colloids, and the application of x-ray scattering on polymers.

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