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Recent Progress in Hybrid Biocomposites: Mechanical Properties, Water Absorption, and Flame Retardancy

Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering Department, University Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes, Spain
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Materials 2020, 13(22), 5145; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13225145
Received: 4 October 2020 / Revised: 7 November 2020 / Accepted: 12 November 2020 / Published: 15 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mechanical Properties of Biocomposites)
Bio-based composites are reinforced polymeric materials in which one of the matrix and reinforcement components or both are from bio-based origins. The biocomposite industry has recently drawn great attention for diverse applications, from household articles to automobiles. This is owing to their low cost, biodegradability, being lightweight, availability, and environmental concerns over synthetic and nonrenewable materials derived from limited resources like fossil fuel. The focus has slowly shifted from traditional biocomposite systems, including thermoplastic polymers reinforced with natural fibers, to more advanced systems called hybrid biocomposites. Hybridization of bio-based fibers/matrices and synthetic ones offers a new strategy to overcome the shortcomings of purely natural fibers or matrices. By incorporating two or more reinforcement types into a single composite, it is possible to not only maintain the advantages of both types but also alleviate some disadvantages of one type of reinforcement by another one. This approach leads to improvement of the mechanical and physical properties of biocomposites for extensive applications. The present review article intends to provide a general overview of selecting the materials to manufacture hybrid biocomposite systems with improved strength properties, water, and burning resistance in recent years. View Full-Text
Keywords: biocomposites; green polymers; hybrid composites; natural fibers; mechanical properties biocomposites; green polymers; hybrid composites; natural fibers; mechanical properties
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Bahrami, M.; Abenojar, J.; Martínez, M.Á. Recent Progress in Hybrid Biocomposites: Mechanical Properties, Water Absorption, and Flame Retardancy. Materials 2020, 13, 5145. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13225145

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Bahrami M, Abenojar J, Martínez MÁ. Recent Progress in Hybrid Biocomposites: Mechanical Properties, Water Absorption, and Flame Retardancy. Materials. 2020; 13(22):5145. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13225145

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Bahrami, Mohsen, Juana Abenojar, and Miguel Ángel Martínez. 2020. "Recent Progress in Hybrid Biocomposites: Mechanical Properties, Water Absorption, and Flame Retardancy" Materials 13, no. 22: 5145. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13225145

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