Description

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.

Key Features

  • Introduces and explores the structure, properties, processing, and applications of natural fibre reinforcements, including those made from wood and cellulosic fibres
  • Highlights and interprets the testing and properties of natural fibre composites, including non-destructive and high strain rate testing
  • Examines performance of natural fibre composites under dynamic loading, the response of natural fibre composites to impact damage, and the response of natural fibre composites in a marine environment

Readership

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

Table of Contents

  • Contributor contact details
  • Woodhead Publishing Series in Composites Science and Engineering
  • Part I: Natural fibre reinforcements
    • Chapter 1: Wood fibres as reinforcements in natural fibre composites: structure, properties, processing and applications
      • Abstract:
      • 1.1 Introduction
      • 1.2 Wood fibres: nature and behaviour
      • 1.3 Modification of wood fibres for composites
      • 1.4 Matrices (binders) of wood fibre composites
      • 1.5 Process techniques of wood fibre composites
      • 1.6 Properties of wood fibre composites
      • 1.7 Applications of wood fibre composites
      • 1.8 Future trends
    • Chapter 2: Chemistry and structure of cellulosic fibres as reinforcements in natural fibre composites
      • Abstract:
      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 Glucose monomer
      • 2.3 Glucose biopolymerization
      • 2.4 Cellulose structure
      • 2.5 Chemical and solubility properties of cellulose
      • 2.6 Sources of cellulose
      • 2.7 Separation of cellulose
      • 2.8 Purification of cellulose
      • 2.9 Cellulose polymorphism
      • 2.10 Chemical modification of cellulose
      • 2.11 Preparation of nano-cellulose
      • 2.12 Processing of cellulose
      • 2.13 Applications of cellulose fibres
      • 2.14 Conclusions
      • 2.16 Appendix: abbreviations
    • Chapter 3: Creating hierarchical structures in cellulosic fibre reinforced polymer composites for advanced performance
      • Abstract:
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 Creating hierarchical structures in (ligno)cellulosic fibre reinforced composite materials
      • 3.3 Surface microfibrillation of (ligno)cellulosic fibres
      • 3.4 Creating hierarchical structures in renewable composites by incorporating microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) into the matrix
      • 3.5 Coating of (ligno)cellulosic fibres with bacterial cellulose
      • 3.6 Conclusions and future t

Details

No. of pages:
408
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
Print ISBN:
9780857095244
Electronic ISBN:
9780857099228

About the editors

Robert Shanks

Robert Shanks is Emeritus Professor of Polymer Science, School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Alma Hodzic

Alma Hodzic is Professor of Advanced Materials Technologies and Research Director of Advanced Manufacturing Institute at The University of Sheffield, UK.

Reviews

"This text lives up to its name. It incorporates a broad base of chapter topics from international authors…I was pleasantly surprised to see coverage of ethical concerns associated with composite products…I have a handful of well-worn reference books…I anticipate that this book will achieve that status in the collection of many scientists."--Wood and Fiber Science 46(3), 2014
"…compilation on natural fiber composites, divided into three parts discussing reinforcement use, processing, and assessment of technical properties. Contributions regarding reinforcement use cover applications of wood fibers, chemistry of cellulosic fibers in general, hierarchical (ligno)cellulosic structures, recycled polymers…"--ProtoView.com, April 2014