Influence of seawater ageing on the physical and mechanical properties of the natural fiber-reinforced composites

J. Jefferson Andrew, Hom Dhakal

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Abstract

Due to the sustainable, and commercial outcomes of the natural fibers, along with their desired features such as high specific mechanical properties, natural fiber-reinforced composites (NFRCs) are exhibiting a strong potential to be employed in different applications such as aerospace, automotive, packaging, etc. This chapter presents a comprehensive discussion on the main characteristics of seawater ageing and moisture ingress mechanism influencing natural fibers and their performance as reinforcement in polymer matrix composites. This chapter presents the influence of seawater ageing on the physical and mechanical properties of NFRCs. Furthermore, the chapter also discuss various measures to prevent moisture ingress. Many researchers have been focusing attention to overcome the issues due to moisture absorption, with particular interest paid to the physical and chemical treatment of reinforcements and improving the fibre–matrix interface strength. Recent studies and developments dealing with moisture repellent coatings are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAging Effects on Natural Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites
Subtitle of host publicationDurability and Life Prediction
EditorsChandrasekhar Muthukumar, SenthilKumar Krishnasamy, Senthil Muthu Kumar Thiagamani, Suchart Siengchin
PublisherSpringer
Chapter7
ISBN (Print)9789811683596
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2022

Publication series

NameComposites Science and Technology
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)2662-1819

Keywords

  • Natural-fiber reinforced composites (NFRCs)
  • moisture absorption
  • ageing
  • mechanical and thermal properties
  • chemical and physical treatments
  • coatings

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