Green composites: A review of material attributes and complementary applications

Michael P M Dicker*, Peter F. Duckworth, Anna B Baker, Guillaume Francois, Mark K. Hazzard, Paul M. Weaver

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review

256 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Despite the large number of recent reviews on green composites, limited investigation has taken place into the most appropriate applications for these materials. Green composites are regularly referred to as having potential uses in the automotive and construction sector, yet investigation of these applications reveals that they are often an inappropriate match for the unique material attributes of green composites. This review provides guidelines for engineers and designers on the appropriate application of green composites. A concise summary of the major material attributes of green composites is provided; accompanied by graphical comparisons of their relative properties. From these considerations, a series of complementary application properties are defined: these include applications that have a short life-span and involve limited exposure to moisture. The review concludes that green composites have potential for use in a number of applications, but as with all design, one must carefully match the material to the application. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-289
Number of pages10
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Volume56
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Fibres
  • Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
  • Environmental degradation
  • Mechanical properties
  • FIBER-REINFORCED COMPOSITES
  • NATURAL FIBERS
  • BIODEGRADABLE POLYMERS
  • MECHANICAL-PROPERTIES
  • ACID COMPOSITES
  • EPOXY COMPOSITES
  • PLA COMPOSITES
  • BAST FIBERS
  • FLAX FIBER
  • CELLULOSE

Cite this