The mechanical properties of natural fibre composite laminates: a statistical study

Torres, J.,P., Vandi, L .-J., Veidt, M. and Heitzmann, M. T. (2017) The mechanical properties of natural fibre composite laminates: a statistical study. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 98 99-104. doi:10.1016/j.compositesa.2017.03.010


Author Torres, J.,P.
Vandi, L .-J.
Veidt, M.
Heitzmann, M. T.
Title The mechanical properties of natural fibre composite laminates: a statistical study
Journal name Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-835X
1878-5840
Publication date 2017-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.compositesa.2017.03.010
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 98
Start page 99
End page 104
Total pages 6
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract The use of long natural fibres (LNF) as reinforcement in composite systems for structural applications has been steadily growing in the automotive and construction industries as these materials offer sustainability benefits combined with high specific strength and stiffness. However, the performance of natural fibres has been questioned by a high variability in their mechanical properties and design data for structural reliability analysis of LNF composites are not yet available. Here, we present a statistical study of the elastic modulus, strength and failure strain of a comprehensive set of LNF composite systems. We have found that the variability of LNF laminate properties is similar to that of carbon fibre laminates. We provide recommendations to apply the statistical parameters determined here to the design of natural fibre composite structures. Our findings provide a deeper understanding of LNF composites reliability and are important for the further acceptance of these materials by the industry.
Keyword A. Laminates
A. Natural fibres
B. Mechanical properties
C. Statistical properties
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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