Natural fibre composites with epoxidized vegetable oil (EVO) resins: a review

Manthey, N. W. and Cardona, F. and Aravinthan, T. and Wang, H. and Cooney, T. (2010) Natural fibre composites with epoxidized vegetable oil (EVO) resins: a review. In: Southern Region Engineering Conference (SREC 2010), 11-12 Nov 2010, Toowoomba, Australia.

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This paper presents an overview of natural fibre composites that contain epoxidized vegetable oil (EVO) based resins. An introduction to fibre composites is given covering both the fibre reinforcement and polymer matrix. Natural fibre composites are discussed in detail with regards to the natural fibres themselves and the structure and composition of plant based fibres. The synthesis of EVO based bioresins and the technical background of vegetable oils, in particular Australian based vegetable oils is presented. Performance limiting factors of natural fibre composites have been identified and outlined. Key areas of concern such as fibre-matrix interfacial bonding, biodegradation of natural fibres, fibre separation and dispersion and thermal instability of fibres are covered. Current state-of-the-art research into natural fibre/EVO composites is reviewed with particular emphasis being placed on structural natural fibre/EVO composites. Areas for future research such as a focus on the synthesis and characterisation of EVO made from novel vegetable oils is discussed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © (2010) by Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice. USQ conference paper no: SREC2010-F1-3
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2010 10:57
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2014 04:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural fibre; composite; epoxidized vegetable oil; EVO
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
03 Chemical Sciences > 0305 Organic Chemistry > 030502 Natural Products Chemistry
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8603 Processed Non-Food Agriculture Products (excl. Wood, Paper and Fibre) > 860303 Plant Extracts (e.g. Pyrethrum, Alkaloids, Jojoba Oil)
B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8798 Environmentally Sustainable Construction > 879899 Environmentally Sustainable Construction not elsewhere classified

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