A review of the impact performance of natural fiber thermoplastic composites

James L. Thomason, José Luis Rudeiros Fernandez

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Many academic studies continue to conclude that natural fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites (NFTCs) have some potential to compete with mineral/inorganic fibre and filler reinforced composites in certain applications due to their distinctive characteristics. NFTCs are often presented as a more environmentally friendly product which may, in some cases, offer useful levels of specific strength and stiffness with an overall reduced carbon footprint. However, from an end-use composite performance viewpoint, issues with impact resistance (notched and un-notched) continue to hold back the large-scale implementation of these composites. This paper presents a review of the recent work on impact properties of NFTCs, analysing the effects of fundamental composite parameters and potential routes to improvement.
Original languageEnglish
Article number60
Number of pages18
JournalFrontiers in Materials
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2018


  • natural fibres
  • thermoplastic composites
  • impact resistance
  • glass fibre


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