Advances in Animal/Plant–Plastic Composites: Preparation, Characterization and Applications

Harrison Shagwira, F. M. Mwema

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This book chapter aims at exploring the preparation, characterization and applications of plant/animal fiber-reinforced polymer composites. The book addresses several key research work that have been happening as well as some of the drawbacks that affect the application of these composites in real-life applications. Each chapter begins with an overview of the various forms of plant/animal fiber-reinforced polymer composites, followed by examples of composites made up of plant/animal fibers and their promising future in terms of research and development and application in domestic and engineering products. Today, man has realized that if the environment is not preserved, the over-consumption of naturally existing resources and a drastic reduction in the amount of fresh air generated in the world would endanger him. Forest conservation and the efficient use of agricultural as well as other renewable resources such as solar, wind and tidal energy have already become critical issues globally.With this kind of concern, the utilization of renewable materials such as plant/animal fiber-reinforced polymeric composites is slowly becoming a key design requirement for the design and development of parts for a wide range of industrial products. An extensive research into such composites can, to an extent, lead to an even greener and healthier environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlant and Animal Based Composites
EditorsKaushik Kumar, J. Paulo Davim
Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
PublisherDe Gruyter
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783110695373, 9783110695472
ISBN (Print)9783110695212
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2021

Publication series

NameAdvanced Composites
PublisherDe Gruyter
ISSN (Print)2192-8983
ISSN (Electronic)2192-8991

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