Development of flax/carbon fibre hybrid composites for enhanced properties

Hom Dhakal, Zhongyi Zhang, R. Guthrie, James MacMullen, Nick Bennett

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    Considering the susceptibility to moisture absorption and difficulty of obtaining high mechanical and thermal properties from natural fibre reinforcements, flax/carbon hybrid epoxy prepreg composites have been developed in this study. These hybrid composites exhibited higher water repellence capability and superior mechanical and heat resistance properties which mean that these composites will retain their dimensional stability and continue function in high temperature environments. The study indentifies a number of important material properties that affects the failure mechanisms. The hybrid effect on properties that has been observed reveals that these hybrid composites can be utilised in aerospace and automotive industries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013


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