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.
- natural fibres
- thermoplastic composites
- impact resistance
- glass fibre
Thomason, J. L., & Rudeiros Fernandez, J. L. (2018). A review of the impact performance of natural fiber thermoplastic composites. Frontiers in Materials, 5, . https://doi.org/10.3389/fmats.2018.00060