Natural fibre-reinforced composites for bioengineering and environmental engineering

Cheung, Hoi-Yan and Ho, Mei-Po and Lau, Kin-Tak and Cardona, Francisco and Hui, David (2009) Natural fibre-reinforced composites for bioengineering and environmental engineering. Composites Part B: Engineering, 40 (7). pp. 655-663. ISSN 1359-8368


Recently, mankind has realized that unless the environment is protected, he himself will be threatened by the over consumption of natural resources as well as substantial reduction of fresh air produced in the world. Conservation of forests and optimal utilization of agricultural and other renewable resources like solar and wind energies, and recently, tidal energy have become important topics worldwide. In such concern, the use of renewable resources such as plant and animal based fibre-reinforce polymeric composites, has been becoming an important design criterion for designing and manufacturing components for all industrial products. Research on biodegradable polymeric composites, can contribute to a green and safe environment to some extent. In the biomedical and bioengineered field, the use of natural fibre mixed with biodegradable and bioresorbable polymers can produce joints and bone fixtures to alleviate pain for patients. In this paper, a comprehensive review on different kinds of natural fibre composites will be given. Their potential in future development of different kinds of engineering and domestic products will also be discussed in detail.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version not held.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 10 May 2010 06:30
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: polymer-matrix composites(PMCs); mechanical properties; thermal properties; surface analysis
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
09 Engineering > 0903 Biomedical Engineering > 090301 Biomaterials
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8699 Other Manufacturing > 869999 Manufacturing not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2009.04.014

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