Hybrid Bast Fibre Strengthened Thermoset Composites
Sekhar Das, Shantanu Basak, Pintu Pandit, Amiya Kr. Singha
Flax, jute, hemp, kenaf, and ramie are well-known bast fibres which gain popularity nowadays due to its gaining popularity as renewable, environmentally friendly, and biodegradable raw material for textiles, industrial applications, pulp, and paper as well as for composite applications. Bast fibres have been serving as a traditional reinforcing material of human society since the prehistoric age. Bast fiber-reinforced thermoset composites gain popularity in various fields from household articles to automobiles. The prime advantages of bast fibers over manmade fibers have been their low cost, light weight, high specific strength, renewability, and biodegradability. Bast fibre has some drawbacks such as high moisture absorption, poor dimensional stability and poor wettability that makes it incompatible with hydrophobic resins. Some surface modification treatments are described in this chapter to overcome the limitation of bast fibres as reinforcement materials.
Bast fibres, Composite, Surface Modification, Mechanical Property
Published online 10/1/2018, 16 pages
Part of the book on Thermoset Composites
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