Natural and Wood Fibre Reinforcement in Polymers. Rapra Review Reports, Report 152: Volume 13, Number 8, 2002. Andrzej K. Bledzki

ISBN: 9781281774644

Published: January 10th 2010

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144 pages


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Natural and Wood Fibre Reinforcement in Polymers. Rapra Review Reports, Report 152: Volume 13, Number 8, 2002.  by  Andrzej K. Bledzki

Natural and Wood Fibre Reinforcement in Polymers. Rapra Review Reports, Report 152: Volume 13, Number 8, 2002. by Andrzej K. Bledzki
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Natural fibres have been used to reinforce materials for over 3,000 years. More recently they have been employed in combination with plastics. One of the earliest examples (1950) was the East German Trabant car, the body was constructed fromMoreNatural fibres have been used to reinforce materials for over 3,000 years. More recently they have been employed in combination with plastics. One of the earliest examples (1950) was the East German Trabant car, the body was constructed from polyester reinforced with cotton fibres.

Currently many types of natural fibre are being investigated for use in plastics including: flax, hemp, jute, straw, wood fibre, rice husks, wheat, barley, oats, rye, cane (sugar and bamboo), grass, reeds, kenaf, ramie, oil palm empty fruit bunch sisal, coir, water hyacinth, pennywort, kapok, paper-mulberry, raphia, banana fibre, pineapple leaf fibre and papyrus.

Natural fibres have the advantage that they are renewable resources and have marketing appeal. Many, such as pineapple leaf fibre are natural waste products and hence available at minimal cost. However, there can be problems with the technical properties of reinforced materials - moisture absorption is generally high and impact strength is relatively low.

This report examines the different fibre types available and the current research. The authors have cited several hundred references to the latest work on properties, processing and applications. The different methods of fibre pretreatment are examined, together with fibre properties, chemistry and applications. This review is accompanied by summaries of papers from the Polymer Library. These papers are referenced in the report and are also indexed to allow the reader to search for information on specific topics.



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