- Print ISBN 9780857095244
- Electronic ISBN 9780857099228
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.
"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