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Developments in Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites for Civil Engineering by N Uddin

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Biofiber reinforced polymer composites for structural applications

O. Faruk and M.S. Ain,     University of Toronto, Canada

Abstract:

Biofibers are emerging as a low cost, lightweight and environmentally superior alternative in composites. Generally, different fibers exhibit different properties that are fundamentally important to the resultant composites. This chapter gives an overview of the most common biofibers in biocomposites, covering their sources, types, structure, composition, and properties. Drawbacks of biofibers, such as dimensional instability, moisture absorption, biological, ultraviolet and fire resistance, will be discussed. The chapter will focus on their modifications (physical and chemical methods), matrices based on ...

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