Multi-Functionality of Polymer Composites: Challenges and New Solutions brings together contributions from experts in the field of multifunctionality, presenting state-of-the-art discussion of this exciting and rapidly developing field, thus key enabling technologies for future applications.

The text will enable engineers and materials scientists to achieve multifunctionality in their own products using different types of polymer matrices and various nano- and micro-sized fillers and reinforcements, including, but not limited to, carbon nanotubes and graphene. In addition, technologies for the integration of active materials such as shape memory alloys are discussed.

The latest developments in a wide range of applications, including automotive/aerospace, electronics, construction, medical engineering, and future trends are discussed, making this book an essential reference for any researcher or engineer hoping to stay ahead of the curve in this high-potential area.

Key Features

  • Provides information on composites and their inherent engineering advantages over traditional materials.
  • Presents state-of-the-art information on this exciting and rapidly developing field, enabling engineers and materials scientists to achieve multi-functionality in their own products.
  • Includes the latest developments in a wide range of applications, including automotive/aerospace, electronics, construction, and medical engineering.
  • An essential reference for any researcher or engineer hoping to stay ahead of the curve in this high-potential area.


Scientists and Engineers in a wide variety of industrial sectors – aero/astronautics, automotive, mechanical engineering, sports and recreation, construction, energy, electrical and chemical industry, shipbuilding, security, medical engineering. Composite Materials/Materials Design courses in academia, for postgraduate students.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    • References
  • List of Contributors
  • Section I: Introduction to Multifunctional Polymer Composites
    • Chapter 1. Routes for achieving multifunctionality in reinforced polymers and composite structures
      • 1.1 Introduction
      • 1.2 Case Studies
      • 1.3 Conclusion
      • Acknowledgments
      • References
    • Chapter 2. A new perspective in multifunctional composite materials
      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 Innovative Multifunctional Carbon/Carbon Composites
      • 2.3 Innovative Multifunctional Sandwich GFRP/Jute Composite Structure as Roofs in Snowfall Regions
      • Acknowledgments
      • References
  • Section II: Use of Special Matrices/Reinforcements/Interphases
    • Chapter 3. Multifunctional polymer composites using natural fiber reinforcements
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 WF/PP Composites
      • 3.3 WF/PE Composites
      • 3.4 Toughening of Kenaf Fiber/Polylactic Acid Composites
      • 3.5 Conclusions
      • Acknowledgments
      • References
    • Chapter 4. Natural fibers: Their composites and flammability characterizations
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Test Methods for Flammability
      • 4.3 Fire-Retardant Performance of Natural Fiber Composites
      • 4.4 Conclusions
      • References
    • Chapter 5. Multifunctional nanobiocomposites of biodegradable polylactide and nanoclay
      • 5.1 Introduction
      • 5.2 Clays and Clay-Containing Polymer Nanocomposite Formation
      • 5.3 Processing and Characterization
      • 5.4 Properties
      • 5.5 Biodegradation
      • 5.6 Conclusion: Current Challenges and Future Prospects
      • Acknowledgments
      • References
    • Chapter 6. Trends in the multifunctional performance of polyolefin/clay nanocomposite injection moldings
      • 6.1 Introduction
      • 6.2 Routes for Injection-Molding


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About the authors

Klaus Friedrich

Klaus Friedrich was formerly a Professor in the Institute for Composite Materials (IVW GmbH) at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (University of Kaiserslautern), Germany, and is now a part time Professor of Materials Science at the King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. He is an editorial board member of several key publications in the area, including Composites Science and Technology, contributes to committees and conferences internationally relating to composite materials, and has received numerous awards and honours throughout his prolific research career.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Consultant, Institute for Composite Materials, Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Ulf Breuer

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Composite Technology, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, and Managing Director of the Institute of Composite Materials