Rigid biofoam composites as eco-efficient construction materials

Chevali, V. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5648-0344 and Kandare, E. (2016) Rigid biofoam composites as eco-efficient construction materials. In: Biopolymers and biotech admixtures for eco-efficient construction materials. Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering (63). Woodhead Publishing Limited, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 275-304. ISBN 9780081002148


Rigid biofoam composites are constituted by polymeric foams obtained from functionalised vegetable oils in conjunction with synthetic/lignocellulosic fibres. Rigid biofoam composites are emerging as alternatives to traditional sandwich composites because of a higher potential for biodegradability and sustainability for ecofriendly design. This chapter discusses the design, processing, and thermomechanical analysis of rigid biofoam composites in a bottom-up fashion. The utilisation of additives and reinforcements in obtaining multifunctionalities is analysed. Common design methodologies used in building and construction materials and mass transit application development are presented. Environmental interaction and impact, including life cycle analysis, recycling, recovery, and biodegradability, are also reviewed.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 01:07
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2022 23:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction materials, Engineering design, Fibre-reinforced polymer, Fibreglass, Mass transit, Materials characterisation, Mechanical properties, Rigid foam, Sandwich structures, Structural insulated panel, Structural reaction injection moulding
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401602 Composite and hybrid materials
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8606 Industrial Chemicals and Related Products > 860607 Plastic Products (incl. Construction Materials)
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-100214-8.00013-0
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28564

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