Special Issue "Wood Polymer Composites: Modification, Processing and Characterization"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022 | Viewed by 10508
Interests: wood chemistry and functional modifications; wood polymer composite processing and characterization; natural fibre property enhancement
Interests: polymer and composite processing; structure-property relationships; natural fiber; composite material; and modeling and rheology based on polymer
Interests: nanocomposites; multifunctional thermosets; biocomposites; tribology; fracture mechanics; structure–property relationship
Wood polymer composites (WPCs) are gaining wide acceptance in the society for structural and semi-structural applications such as furniture, building construction and automotive engineering. In addition to sustainability, mechanical performance and lightweight advantages, WPCs do not compete with food production as the fibres are to a large extent obtained as wastes from other processes. Furthermore, the use of wood and wood fibre composites contributes substantially to environmental protection. Harvesting one kilogram of wood takes up 1.84 kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. However, wood fibres possess high water adsorption capacity, poor surface adhesion, low thermal stability, poor UV weathering resistance, and poor dimensional stability. Solving these problems is the key to advancing the applications of wood polymer composites. Key variables governing the performance of wood polymer composites include the nature of the wood fibre (shape, size, composition, and surface quality), manufacturing process and parameters, and structure of the polymeric matrix (chemical and compositional structures). Recent strategies for performance improvement of WPC include chemical/thermal treatments and surface sizing of fibres, matrix functionalization, and hybridization. This Special Issue focuses on innovative approaches to overcome the shortcomings of wood polymer composites. High quality articles in the following areas will be considered for publication after extensive peer review:
Novel chemical and enzymatic modification strategies of wood fibres for composite applications (studies reporting sustainable and green modification techniques will be given preference).
UV, plasma, and thermal modification strategies of wood fibres for WPC applications (preference will be given to articles reporting innovative attempts to improve UV resistance, thermal/dimensional stability, and impact toughness).
Matrix functionalization and fibre sizing for WPC applications (sustainable functionalization strategies will receive precedence).
Chemical resistance of wood fibre composites
Hybrid resin formulation for wood fibre composites.
Analytical and numerical modelling of processes and properties of wood fibre composites (e.g., porosity as it relates to properties, injection moulding processes and their effect on properties, damping and vibrational properties).
Innovative processing methods for cost reduction and performance improvement of wood polymer composites (e.g., additive manufacturing).
Hybridization of wood fibres towards extended durability, thermal stability, and toughness of wood polymer composites (preference will be given to articles reporting the use of environmentally friendly hybrid particles).
Using new characterization techniques to understand the structural relationship between fibres and matrix.
New application areas for WPC.
Application oriented design strategies for WPC materials (critical review).
Sustainability in wood fibre modifications for WPC (critical review).
Dr. Emmanuel Akpan
Prof. Suchart Siengchin
Dr. Bernd Wetzel
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- Wood fibers
- Polymer composites