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Tribology of natural fiber polymer composites

N Chand and M Fahim 
Woodhead Publishing  October 2008  



Hardcover  220 pp  ISBN 9781845693930      £135.00
  • examines the availability and processing of natural fiber composites and their structural, thermal, mechanical and tribological properties
  • explores sources of natural fibers, their extraction and surface modification as well as properties of chemically modified natural fibers
  • provides an overview of the tribology of polymer composites and the role of fiber reinforcement and filters in modifying tribological composites

Environmental concerns are driving demand for bio-degradable materials such as plant-based natural fiber reinforced polymer composites. These composites are fast replacing conventional materials in many applications, especially in automobiles, where tribology (friction, lubrication and wear) is important. This book covers the availability and processing of natural fiber polymer composites and their structural, thermal, mechanical and, in particular, tribological properties.

Chapter 1 discusses sources of natural fibers, their extraction and surface modification. It also reviews the thermal, structural, mechanical, spectroscopic and morphological properties of unmodified and chemically modified natural fibers such as sisal, jute, wood, bamboo and cotton together with their potential applications. Chapter 2 gives a brief introduction to the tribology of polymer composites and the role of fiber reinforcement and fillers in modifying their tribological properties. Further chapters discuss the chemical composition, physical structure, mechanical properties and tribological behaviour of polymer composites reinforced with sisal, jute, cotton and bamboo fibers. The tribological behaviour of wood polymer composites (WPCs) is also discussed.

Tribology of natural fibre polymer composites will be a useful reference guide for engineers, scientific and technical personnel involved in the development of natural fiber composites. In particular it will give an insight into mechanical properties and failure mechanisms in situations where wear, lubrication and friction are a problem.

Contents

  • Natural fibers and their composites - Introduction - Sources of natural fibers - Surface modification of natural fibers - Chemical treatments - Physical treatment - Sisal and Jute fiber - Wood - Bamboo - Cotton - Flax - Mechanical properties of natural fibers - Natural fiber polymer composites - Applications of natural fiber reinforced composites - Significance and economics of natural fiber polymer composites - Sources of further information and advice - References
  • Introduction to tribology of polymer composites - What is tribology? - Origin of friction - Definition of wear and its classification - How friction and wear are measured - Mechanical characterization of polymer composites - Tribology characterization of polymer composites - Significance of composites in tribology - References
  • Sisal reinforced polymer composites - Sisal fiber - Sisal-polymer composites - Mechanical properties of sisal-polymer composite - Tribological behaviour of sisal-polymer composites - References
  • Jute reinforced polymer composites - Jute fiber - Jute-polymer composites - Tribological behaviour of jute composites - References
  • Cotton reinforced polymer composites - Cotton fiber - Cotton-polymer composites - Tribological behaviour of cotton-polymer composites - References
  • Bamboo reinforced polymer composites - Bamboo - Bamboo-polymer composites - Tribological behaviour of bamboo and bamboo-polymer composites - References
  • Wood reinforced polymer composites - Wood - Wood-plastic composites - Tribological behavior of wood flour-polymer composites - Sources of further information and advice - References
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