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Materials 2009, 2(3), 776-789; doi:10.3390/ma2030776
Cork Composites: A Review
Received: 22 May 2009; in revised form: 1 July 2009 / Accepted: 15 July 2009 / Published: 16 July 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Composite Materials)
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Abstract: Cork is a material which has been used for mankind for the last 5,000 years and it is a strategic material used for multiple applications, from wine bottles to aeronautics. Many of current cork materials are composites, in particular cork materials for floor and wall coverings and several other building and industrial applications. Recent developments in cork research have shifted from the classical cork-wine relationship to quality and environmental issues, exploitation of cork industry residues and new cork based materials. In recent years a number of new cork based composite materials were developed.
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