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Natural fiber and hybrid fiber thermoplastic composites

Advancements in lightweighting applications

S. Panthapulakkal1, L. Raghunanan1, M. Sain1, B. KC2 and J. Tjong3,    1University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,    2PhD Student at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada,    3Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Abstract

Natural fiber composites and hybrid fiber composites with natural fibers and a small portion of synthetic fibers are gaining momentum in various industry sectors such as automotive, aerospace, construction, sporting goods, and marine applications. The popularity of these composites has resulted mainly from their lightweight, design friendliness, and the awareness towards the sustainable ...

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