Natural fibre reinforced epoxy composites: determination of fibre volume fraction, fibre mechanical properties and fibre cross-section variability

James Thomason, Fiona Lamont Gentles, John Carruthers

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

49 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

In recent years there has been a growing renewal of interest in the research and development of fibres from natural sources as potential reinforcements for high performance composite materials. This increased interest in natural fibre composites has multiple drivers such as, growing concern for the environment, possible cost competitiveness, and concerns around the sustainability of materials production. It has been claimed that natural fibres show significant potential as environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional reinforcements such as glass fibres. A number of natural fibres have been identified which appear to have some appropriate mechanical properties for structural purposes, being of low density, and high specific strength and stiffness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-2
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2011
Event11th Deformation and Fracture of Composites Conference (DFC11) - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Apr 201112 Apr 2011

Conference

Conference11th Deformation and Fracture of Composites Conference (DFC11)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period12/04/1112/04/11

    Fingerprint

Keywords

  • fibre volume fraction
  • natural fibre
  • epoxy composites

Cite this

Thomason, J., Gentles, F. L., & Carruthers, J. (2011). Natural fibre reinforced epoxy composites: determination of fibre volume fraction, fibre mechanical properties and fibre cross-section variability. 1-2. Paper presented at 11th Deformation and Fracture of Composites Conference (DFC11), Cambridge, United Kingdom.