Performance targets and ways to achieve industrial applications of date palm fiber reinforced sustainable bio-composites: opportunities, challenges and future perspectives

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This plenary talk will highlight history and evolution of conventional composites, natural fiber reinforced composites with particular focus on date palm fiber as reinforcements in composite materials by reviewing some of the research and development works that have been already performed. The plenary talk will focus on the following key areas: First, the talk will emphasize the environmental impacts of fiber reinforced plastic composites (FRP) production and consumption, which has caused serious issues relating to climate change. With this, the history of general conventional composite materials, their applications and market uptake will be covered. Then emerging materials such as bio-based composites as an alternative material on tackling the current environmental issues will be introduced. Following this, the talk will attempt to compare the key properties of established natural fiber composites, linking to key industrial application areas including automotive, marine, building and construction and aerospace, to DPF and their morphological aspects, characterization, their chemical constituents,
fiber structure and behavior along with key properties. Second, the talk will then focus on structure property relationships, influence of various environmental conditions on key mechanical and thermal properties of date palm fiber reinforced bio-composites by analyzing some results recorded from various experimental works. This will be correlated to key performance targets. Then fabrication techniques and their influence on the various properties and ways to enhance the properties and functionalities of date palm fiber composites will be discussed. Third and finally, the potential lightweight applications, environmental benefits linking to end-of-life options (supported by life cycle assessment, LCA) of date palm fiber reinforced bio-composites, challenges and new opportunities as well as future perspectives will be presented and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2023
Event3rd World Conference on Byproducts of Palms: ByPalma 2023 - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Duration: 5 Dec 20238 Dec 2023


Conference3rd World Conference on Byproducts of Palms
Country/TerritorySaudi Arabia


  • Date palm fiber
  • Performance targets
  • Morphological characterization
  • Mechanical properties
  • Industrial applications
  • Environmental conditions
  • Sustainability

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