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Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites: Manufacturing, Properties, and Applications

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sandip Institute of Technology & Research Centre, Nashik 422212, India
Department of Mining Machinery Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad 826004, India
Department of Mechanical Engineering, K. K. Wagh Institute of Engineering Education & Research, Nashik 422003, India
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557, USA
Department of Mechanics and Strength of Materials, Politehnica University of Timisoara, 300 222 Timisoara, Romania
National Institute of Research for Electrochemistry and Condensed Matter, 300 569 Timisoara, Romania
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Polymers 2019, 11(10), 1667;
Received: 20 September 2019 / Revised: 8 October 2019 / Accepted: 8 October 2019 / Published: 12 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reinforced Polymer Composites)
Composites have been found to be the most promising and discerning material available in this century. Presently, composites reinforced with fibers of synthetic or natural materials are gaining more importance as demands for lightweight materials with high strength for specific applications are growing in the market. Fiber-reinforced polymer composite offers not only high strength to weight ratio, but also reveals exceptional properties such as high durability; stiffness; damping property; flexural strength; and resistance to corrosion, wear, impact, and fire. These wide ranges of diverse features have led composite materials to find applications in mechanical, construction, aerospace, automobile, biomedical, marine, and many other manufacturing industries. Performance of composite materials predominantly depends on their constituent elements and manufacturing techniques, therefore, functional properties of various fibers available worldwide, their classifications, and the manufacturing techniques used to fabricate the composite materials need to be studied in order to figure out the optimized characteristic of the material for the desired application. An overview of a diverse range of fibers, their properties, functionality, classification, and various fiber composite manufacturing techniques is presented to discover the optimized fiber-reinforced composite material for significant applications. Their exceptional performance in the numerous fields of applications have made fiber-reinforced composite materials a promising alternative over solitary metals or alloys. View Full-Text
Keywords: fiber-reinforced polymer; composite materials; natural fibers; synthetic fibers fiber-reinforced polymer; composite materials; natural fibers; synthetic fibers
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Rajak, D.K.; Pagar, D.D.; Menezes, P.L.; Linul, E. Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites: Manufacturing, Properties, and Applications. Polymers 2019, 11, 1667.

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Rajak DK, Pagar DD, Menezes PL, Linul E. Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites: Manufacturing, Properties, and Applications. Polymers. 2019; 11(10):1667.

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Rajak, Dipen K., Durgesh D. Pagar, Pradeep L. Menezes, and Emanoil Linul. 2019. "Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites: Manufacturing, Properties, and Applications" Polymers 11, no. 10: 1667.

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