Developing towards best natural fibre composite for structural applications—a review

Rasappagari, Muni R. R. and Zhuge, Y. (2017) Developing towards best natural fibre composite for structural applications—a review. In: 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials: Advancements and Challenges (ACMSM24), 6-9 Dec 2016, Perth, Australia.


Natural Fibre Composites (NFC) are biodegradable, economical, non-corrosive, easier to handle, lighter weight, high strength to weight ratio, high fracture toughness, increased energy efficiency and with good specific mechanical properties and low environmental impact. However, several challenges need to be addressed before NFC can be used for structural applications, such as higher moisture absorption/hydrophilic nature, poor fibre/matrix interface, lower strength, low fire resistance, variation in fibre quality, performance limitations in particular tensile and impact strengths and lower durability. Despite significant innovation and research to overcome these drawbacks, the application of NFC as a structural element is very limited. In this paper, the recent developments on the optimum fibre type, volume of fibre used in matrix, fibre arrangement and orientation, matrix type and manufacturing technique for NFC will be reviewed and compared. The experimental testing results for NFC under bending and tension will also be discussed. A recommendation on optimal NFC for various structural applications will be made. The paper also provides guidelines for future research towards development of optimal NFC for structural applications.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 05:28
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 01:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural fibre composites, structural applications, tensile and flexural properties
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials

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