A review of the impact performance of natural fiber thermoplastic composites

Thomason, James L. and Rudeiros Fernandez, José Luis (2018) A review of the impact performance of natural fiber thermoplastic composites. Frontiers in Materials, 5. 60. ISSN 2296-8016 (https://doi.org/10.3389/fmats.2018.00060)

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Many academic studies continue to conclude that natural fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites (NFTCs) have some potential to compete with mineral/inorganic fibre and filler reinforced composites in certain applications due to their distinctive characteristics. NFTCs are often presented as a more environmentally friendly product which may, in some cases, offer useful levels of specific strength and stiffness with an overall reduced carbon footprint. However, from an end-use composite performance viewpoint, issues with impact resistance (notched and un-notched) continue to hold back the large-scale implementation of these composites. This paper presents a review of the recent work on impact properties of NFTCs, analysing the effects of fundamental composite parameters and potential routes to improvement.