Special Issue "Advances in Natural Fiber Reinforced Polymer and Geopolymer Composites: Synthesis, Applications and Future Directions "
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2020).
Interests: natural fiber reinforced composites; advanced ceramics; nanomaterials; photocatalytic materials; novel materials
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There is an increasing commitment in the use of alternative eco-friendly natural reinforcements to produce advanced composites due to the imposition of strict environmental regulations and the depletion of petroleum resources. These natural fillers or fibres, such as sisal, coir, basalt, hemp, flax, and wool offer great renewability, biodegradability, abundance, cost effectiveness, and low specific gravity as opposed to synthetic fibres, such as glass and carbon. In addition, the composites and building industries have realised the enormous advantages of their composites by virtue of better functional or structural properties over synthetic counterparts despite not having relatively high mechanical performance. For instance, geopolymers have recently become a promising ecological alternative to the traditional cementitious material. They are cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and their production involves a relatively small amount of energy. They also have relatively good compressive strength, durability, and thermal properties, being highly resistant to flame and heat. However, geopolymers have relatively low tensile and flexural strength, which limits their use in many areas. The mechanical properties of geopolymers can be significantly improved by reinforcement with natural fibers. The resultant polymer and inorganic polymer composites are significantly better than those of traditional materials, and they are fueling the growing demand for natural fibers in various industries, such as automotive, building, and construction.
The popular research theme for composites with natural reinforcements generally covers polymer composites, geopolymer composites, fiber surface modification for the optimization of mechanical properties, and processing of natural, renewable, and biodegradable reinforcements. This Special Issue aims to provide a platform for sharing the latest advances in the synthesis, characterization, and mechanical properties of polymers and geopolymers reinforced with natural fibers such as pulp-fiber, cotton, sisal, flax, and hemp. The influence of adding various natural fibers on the mechanical properties of these composites will be discussed. Potential applications, challenges, and future directions of these composites shall be highlighted and addressed.
It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews that cover all aspects (i.e., synthesis–structure–property relationships, applications, and future directions) of polymer and geopolymer composites reinforced with natural fibers are all welcome.
The topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Materials for reinforcements in composites;
- Durability, permeability, and fatigue life;
- Interfacial debonding, matrix cracking, and damage evolution;
- Characterizing and modeling reinforcements in composites;
- Properties of composite reinforcements;
- Structures for reinforcements in composites.
Prof. Dr. It-Meng (Jim) Low
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Natural fibers
- Damage tolerance
- Mechanical properties
- Composite materials
- Interfacial properties
- Fiber surface modification
- Renewable reinforcements