Critical factors on manufacturing processes of natural fibre composites

Ho, Mei-po and Wang, Hao and Lee, Joong-Hee and Ho, Chun-kit and Lau, Kin-tak and Leng, Jinsong and Hui, David (2012) Critical factors on manufacturing processes of natural fibre composites. Composites Part B: Engineering, 43 (8). pp. 3549-3562. ISSN 1359-8368


Elevated environmental awareness of the general public in reducing carbon footprints and the use nonnaturally
decomposed solid wastes has resulted in an increasing use of natural materials, biodegradable and recyclable polymers and their composites for a wide range of engineering applications. The properties of natural fibre reinforced polymer composites are generally governed by the pre-treated process of fibre and the manufacturing process of the composites. These properties can be tailored for various types of applications by properly selecting suitable fibres, matrices, additives and production methods. Besides, due to the complexity of fibre structures, different mechanical performances of the composites are obtained even with the use of the same fibre types with different matrices. Some critical issues like poor wettability, poor bonding and degradation at the fibre/matrix interface (a hydrophilic and hydrophobic
effect) and damage of the fibre during the manufacturing process are the main causes of the reduction of the composites’ strength. In this paper, different manufacturing processes and their suitability for natural fibre composites, based on the materials, mechanical and thermal properties of the fibres and matrices are discussed in detail.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2012 04:52
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2015 05:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: manufacturing process; natural fibre
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
03 Chemical Sciences > 0305 Organic Chemistry > 030503 Organic Chemical Synthesis
09 Engineering > 0904 Chemical Engineering > 090401 Carbon Capture Engineering (excl. Sequestration)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2011.10.001

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