Natural fibers for biocomposites

Truss, Rowan W. (2011) Natural fibers for biocomposites. Mrs Bulletin, 36 9: 711-715. doi:10.1557/mrs.2011.207

Author Truss, Rowan W.
Title Natural fibers for biocomposites
Journal name Mrs Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0883-7694
Publication date 2011-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1557/mrs.2011.207
Volume 36
Issue 9
Start page 711
End page 715
Total pages 5
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
There are a large number of natural fi bers that have the potential to replace synthetic fi bers made from glass, carbon, and polymers as the reinforcing phase in composites. Interest in these fi bers has increased, as they offer a sustainable, readily available, high specific modulus option. The high modulus of cellulose crystals makes them attractive as a reinforcing phase in composites. These cellulose crystals are the key structural component in natural fi bers, but the complex microstructure of the fi ber means that the full value of the cellulose crystal modulus cannot be utilized. Moreover, the surface of natural fi bers can have varying chemistry depending on the pretreatment of the fi ber and the degree to which lignin and other hydrophobic materials are removed from the fi ber. In addition, cellulose swells in contact with
water, and this can degrade the properties of the fi ber and composite. A better understanding of the surface properties and techniques to control the composite interface are required if natural fi bers are to fulfi ll their potential.
Keyword Inverse Gas-Chromatography
Hemp Fiber
Polypropylene Composites
Cellulose Microfibrils
Polymer Nanocomposites
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering Publications
School of Chemical Engineering Publications
Official 2012 Collection
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