Critical Review of Recent Publications on Use of Natural Composites in Infrastructure
Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Compared to most synthetic fibers, natural fibers are low-cost, are easier to handle, have good specific mechanical properties, and require only around 20–40% of the production energy. Using natural materials and modern construction techniques reduces construction waste and increases energy efficiency while promoting the concept of sustainability. Several drawbacks of natural composites which would be even more pronounced in their use in infrastructure include their higher moisture absorption, inferior fire resistance, lower mechanical properties and durability, variation in quality and price, and difficulty using established manufacturing practices when compared to synthetic composites. Many researchers have been working to address these issues, with particular attention paid to the surface treatment of fibers and improving the fiber/matrix interface. Because of their positive economic and environmental outlook, as well as their ability to uniquely meet human needs worldwide, natural composites are showing a good potential for use in infrastructure applications.
A. Fibers, B. Mechanical properties, B. Fiber/matrix bond, Natural composites
Dittenber, David and GangaRao, Hota V.S., "Critical Review of Recent Publications on Use of Natural Composites in Infrastructure" (2012). Engineering and Computer Science Faculty Publications. 423.