With an internationally recognized team of contributors, Green Composites examines fibre reinforced polymer composite production and explains how environmental footprints can be diminished at every stage of the life cycle. The introductory chapters examine why green composites should be considered. The book then discusses properties of cellulose and wood. It examines recyclable synthetic fibre-thermoplastic composites as alternatives, then covers polymers derived from natural sources. The text details the factors that influence properties, and considers clean processing, applications, recycling, degradation, and reprocessing. The book is essential for government agricultural departments, automotive companies, and others devoted to eco-friendly materials and production.
Introduction; Life cycle assessment; Design of environmentally conscious composite components; Biopolymers and biopolymer composites; Natural fibre sources; Alternative renewable sources; Alternative solutions; Clean production; Reprocessing; Extraction for re-use polymers; Applications; Natural fibre thermosetting matrix composites; Green fibre production and thermoplastics.