Interface engineering through matrix modification in natural fibre composites

N.-M. Barkoula and T. Peijs,     Queen Mary university of london, UK


The dependence of the mechanical performances and physical properties of natural fibre reinforced plastics on their interface properties is reviewed, with particular emphasis on low adhesion and the potential ways to overcome this problem via matrix modification. The focus is on polypropylene-based composites and maleic anhydride grafting. The way in which matrix modification improves the adhesion, as well as the parameters that influence the efficiency of bonding are considered. Finally, the effect of matrix modification on interfacial properties and on macroscopic properties of natural ...

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