Special Issue "Natural Fibers"
A special issue of Fibers (ISSN 2079-6439).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2017)
Dr. Monica Ardanuy
Departament de Ciència dels Materials i Eng. Metal.lúrgica, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya—Barcelona TECH, Terrassa 08222, Spain
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Interests: natural fibers; natural fiber composites; cement-based composites; polymer-based composites; cellulose nanocomposites
Dr. Josep Claramunt
During the last few years, natural fibers have experienced a growing interest in their use in applications, mainly for composite reinforcement, but also for other technical and fashion applications. Apart from the well-known use of natural fibers to reinforce polymeric materials, these fibers can be used in cement-based composites. In this sense, although the reinforcement of building materials with natural fibers has been applied since ancient times, the need for eco-friendly construction products has led to a “revival” of these materials. The role of natural fibers as reinforcement for brittle matrix is basically to improve the ductility and flexural capacity of the post-cracked composite. Compared with the common synthetic fibers used for cement based composites, natural fibers are nonhazardous, have renewable origin, and are biodegradable, and present comparable specific mechanical performance, allowing the development of more sustainable and ecofriendly materials for the building industry.
However, the industrial production in high volumes of cement- or polymeric-based composites reinforced with natural fibers is still currently limited for some drawbacks associated with these reinforcements like, its long-term durability, availability, chemical compatibility between the fiber and the matrix and consistency of properties of the fibers among others.
This Special Issue is intended to report latest research developments on natural fibers for biocomposite applications, focusing on contributions about treatment of the fibers to optimize fiber-matrix bonding, to minimize the water absorption of the fibers and increase its long-term durability on both polymer and cement based composites. Furthermore, contributions to improve the limitations of natural fibers on applications for structural reinforcement are also welcome. Technical, as well as review papers, are invited for this Special Issue.
Dr. Monica Ardanuy
Dr. Josep Claramunt
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- Natural fibers
- Fiber-matrix bonding
- Fiber treatments
- Long-term durability
- Mechanical performance
- Water absorption
- Cement composites
- Polymeric composites