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1. Introduction to composite materials
2. Sustainable natural fibre reinforcements and their morphological structures
3. Lightweight composite applications and properties
4. Design, manufacturing processes and their effects on bio-composite properties
5. Testing and damage characterization of composite materials
6. Sustainable composites and techniques for property enhancement
7. Future trends and challenges of sustainable composites
Carbon and glass fibre reinforced composite materials have been used for many years in several different types of applications. However, these conventional composites are derived from non-renewable reinforcements and they pose a significant threat to the environment. Government legislation and consumer behaviour have recently forced many industries to adapt sustainable composites. Industries such as automotive, marine and aerospace are now seeking sustainable lightweight composites with the aim to reduce the overall weight of the components with enhanced materials and design aspects. Therefore, there is high demand on research for the development of sustainable lightweight composites.
This book presents a comprehensive review of lightweight composites with the central aim to increase their use in key industrial sectors such as automotive, marine and aerospace. There is no such book currently available that is dedicated to sustainable lightweight applications covering important topics such as key drivers for lightweight composites, mechanical properties, damage characterisation, durability and environmental aspects. Key topics that are addressed include:
- The roles of reinforcements and matrices in composite materials
- Sustainable natural fibre reinforcements and their morphological structures
- Lightweight applications and properties requirements
- Design, manufacturing processes and their effects on properties
- Testing and damage characterisation of composite materials
- Sustainable composites and techniques for property enhancement
- Future trends and challenges for sustainable composites in lightweight applications
It will be a valuable reference resource for those working in material Science, polymer science, materials engineering, and industries involved in the manufacture of automotive and aerospace components from lightweight composite materials.
- Provides a comprehensive review of sustainable lightweight composites looking at key industrial applications such as automotive, marine, and aerospace and construction
- Important relationships between structure and properties are analysed in detail
- Enhancement of properties through hybrid systems, are also explored with emphasis on design, materials selection and manufacturing techniques
Materials Science, Polymer science, Materials Engineering, Industries involved in automotive and aerospace components from lightweight composite materials
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- © Woodhead Publishing 2021
- 1st December 2020
- Woodhead Publishing
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Dr. Hom Dhakal is a reader and the course leader for BEng. (Hons) in mechanical and manufacturing engineering and distance learning (DL) at the School of Engineering, University of Portsmouth, the United Kingdom. In addition, he is also a docent associate professor of bio-based composite materials at the Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business, University of Borås, Sweden. He also worked as a visiting professor at the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto, Canada. His principal research interest lies on the design, manufacturing, testing, and characterization of lightweight composites, nanocomposites, biocomposites, and their hybrids. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a fellow (FIET) of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a fellow (FIMMM) of the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3), and a member of the American Society for Composites (ASC).
University of Portsmouth, School of Engineering, Hampshire, UK
Dr. Sikiru Oluwarotimi Ismail has recently completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at the School of Engineering, University of Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom, after obtaining his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the same University in 2017. Prior to his doctoral degree, he obtained a National Diploma from Ondo State Polytechnic, Owo; Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State; and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria in 1999, 2005 and 2010 respectively, with Distinctions and First Class Honours and outstanding awards/prizes as overall Best Students in all his degree programmes. His research interest is in Products/Materials Design and Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering.
University of Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
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