Interfacial Adhesion in Natural Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites

E. Petinakis, L. Yu, G. P. Simon, X. J. Dai, Z. Chen, K. Dean

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Concerns about the environment and increasing awareness about sustainability issues are driving the push for developing new materials that incorporate renewable sustainable resources. This has resulted in the use of natural fibers for developing natural fiber-reinforced polymer composites (NFRPCs). A fundamental understanding of the fiber-fiber and fiber-matrix interface is critical to the design and manufacture of polymer composite materials because stress transfer between load-bearing fibers can occur at the both of these interfaces. Efficient stress transfer from the matrix to the fiber will result in polymer composites exhibiting suitable mechanical and thermal performance. The development of new techniques has facilitated a better understanding of the governing forces that occur at the interface between matrix and natural fiber. The use of surface modification is seen as a critical processing parameter for developing new materials, and plasma-based modification techniques are gaining more prominence from an environmental point of view, as well as a practical approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLignocellulosic Polymer Composites:
Subtitle of host publicationProcessing, Characterization, and Properties
EditorsVijay Kumar Thakur
Place of PublicationHoboken NJ USA
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781118773949
ISBN (Print)9781118773574
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Biocomposites
  • Impact strength
  • Interfacial adhesion
  • Morphology
  • Natural fibers

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