Thermal and flame retardancy properties of thermoplastics/natural fiber biocomposites

Fu, S. and Song, P. ORCID: and Liu, X. (2017) Thermal and flame retardancy properties of thermoplastics/natural fiber biocomposites. In: Advanced high strength natural fibre composites in construction. Woodhead Publishing Series in Composites Science and Engineering (74). Elsevier, United Kingdom, pp. 479-508. ISBN 978-0-08-100411-1


Environmental issues, such as global warming, have been increasing, due to the rapid consumption of petrol-based resources. Therefore green composites based on natural fibers and biodegradable polymers have rapidly developed and have found wide applications as building and transport materials because of their high specific strength and eco-friendliness. However, compared with traditional materials like metal and ceramics, these plant fiber-based biocomposites are less thermally stable and much more flammable, due to their chemical structure features. Thus it is extremely necessary to enhance the thermal stability and flame retardancy to ensure their safe applications. This chapter focuses on discussing types of natural fibers, biopolymers, and currently available flame retardants, the thermal properties and flammability of natural fiber-based biocomposites and possible flame retardancy mechanisms. Although great advances have been made with regards to enhancing thermal stability and flame retardancy of these biocomposites, there are still some challenges to be addressed.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 00:07
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2021 00:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: biocomposites; flame retardancy; natural fibers; thermal stability; thermoplastics
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401609 Polymers and plastics
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
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