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Polymer Composites Reinforced with Natural Fibers and Nanocellulose in the Automotive Industry: A Short Review

School of Chemical Engineering, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP 13083-870, Brazil
Wall am kiez 1, 14467 Potsdam, Germany
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J. Compos. Sci. 2019, 3(2), 51;
Received: 8 April 2019 / Revised: 27 April 2019 / Accepted: 6 May 2019 / Published: 13 May 2019
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Environmental concerns and cost reduction have encouraged the use of natural fillers as reinforcement in polymer composites. Currently, a wide variety of reinforcement, such as natural fibers and nanocellulose, are used for this purpose. Composite materials with natural fillers have not only met the environmental appeal, but also contribute to developing low-density materials with improved properties. The production of natural fillers is unlimited around the world, and many species are still to be discovered. Their processing is considered beneficial since the natural fillers do not cause corrosion or great wear of the equipment. For these reasons, polymer reinforced with natural fillers has been considered a good alternative for obtaining ecofriendly materials for several applications, including the automotive industry. This review explores the use of natural fillers (natural fibers, cellulose nanocrystals, and nanofibrillated cellulose) as reinforcement in polymer composites for the automotive industry. View Full-Text
Keywords: natural fillers; polymer composites; industry applications natural fillers; polymer composites; industry applications

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Ferreira, F.V.; Pinheiro, I.F.; de Souza, S.F.; Mei, L.H.I.; Lona, L.M.F. Polymer Composites Reinforced with Natural Fibers and Nanocellulose in the Automotive Industry: A Short Review. J. Compos. Sci. 2019, 3, 51.

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