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Title: Low Cost Polymer Composites with Rural Resources
Authors: Mishra, S C
Keywords: polymer,
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Vol. 28, No. 18, 2009
Abstract: The natural fiber composites can be very cost-effective materials, especially for the building and construction industry (e.g., panels, false ceilings, partition boards, etc.), packaging,automobile, and storage devices, etc. They can also be a potential candidate for partial replacement of high cost glass/Kevlar fibers to make polymer composites used for low cost applications.From the point of view of wood substitution, natural fiber composite boards could offer an excellent eco-friendly solution, considering ever-depleting forest reserves and corresponding premiums on wood. Composites based on locally available resources are poised to penetrate the market. Any value-added application avenues for these fiber composites would directly contribute to the economic benefit of their growers. With increasing emphasis on fuel efficiency, natural fiber-based composites are finding wider application in the transport industries. Hence, the value-added application of natural fiber-based composites made from rural industries will ensure the international market has cheaper substitution materials. Keeping the above in view, this research work has been undertaken to process polymer composites using naturally available resources such as bamboo strips, coconut leaf sticks, etc. The strength property relationships of these composites are evaluated, after subjection to different environments. This study will enable the manufacturer to select these materials for suitable applications.
URI: 10.1177/0731684408092372
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