Tribology of Natural Fiber Polymer Composites

Tribology of Natural Fiber Polymer Composites

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Environmental concerns drive the demand for bio-degradable materials such as plant-based natural fiber reinforced polymer composites. These composites are fast replacing conventional materials in many applications, especially in automobiles, where tribology (friction, lubrication, and wear) is important. This book covers the availability and processing of natural fiber polymer composites and their structural, thermal, mechanical and, in particular, tribological properties.

Chapter 1 discusses sources of natural fibers, their extraction and surface modification. It also reviews the thermal, structural, mechanical, spectroscopic and morphological properties of unmodified and chemically modified natural fibers such as sisal, jute, wood, bamboo and cotton together with their potential applications. Chapter 2 gives a brief introduction to the tribology of polymer composites and the role of fiber reinforcement and fillers in modifying their tribological properties. Further chapters discuss the chemical composition, physical structure, mechanical properties and tribological behaviour of polymer composites reinforced with sisal, jute, cotton and bamboo fibers. The tribological behaviour of wood polymer composites (WPCs) is also discussed.

Tribology of natural fibre polymer composites will be a useful reference guide for engineers, scientific and technical personnel involved in the development of natural fiber composites. In particular it will give an insight into mechanical properties and failure mechanisms in situations where wear, lubrication and friction are a problem.

Table of Contents

Natural Fibers and Their Composites
Introduction
Sources of Natural Fibers
Surface Modification of Natural Fibers
Chemical Treatments
Physical Treatment
Sisal
Jute
Wood
Bamboo
Cotton
Flax
Mechanical Properties of Natural Fibers
Natural Fiber Polymer Composites
Applications of Natural Fiber Reinforced Composites
Significance and Economics of Natural Fiber Polymer Composites
Sources of Further Information and Advice
References
Introduction to Tribology of Polymer Composites
What is Tribology?
Origin of Friction
Definition of Wear and its Classification
How Friction and Wear are Measured
Mechanical Characterization of Polymer Composites
Tribology Characterisation of Polymer Composites
References
Sisal-Reinforced Polymer Composites
Tribo-Materials
Sisal Fiber
Sisal-Polymer Composites
Mechanical Properties of Sisal-Polymer Composite
Tribological Behaviour of Sisal Composites
References
Jute-Reinforced Polymer Composites
Jute Fiber
Jute-Polymer Composites
Tribological Behaviour of Jute Composites
References
Cotton-Reinforced Polymer Composites
Cotton Fiber
Cotton-Polymer Composites
Tribological Behaviour of Cotton-Polymer Composites
References
Bamboo-Reinforced Polymer Composites
Bamboo
Bamboo-Polymer Composites
Tribological Behaviour of Bamboo and Bamboo-Polymer Composites
References
Wood-Reinforced Polymer Composites
Wood
Wood-Plastic Composites
Tribological Behaviour of Wood Flour-Polymer Composites
Tribological Behaviour of Wood Flour-Epoxy Composites
Sources of Further Information and Advice
References

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