The introductory chapters look at why we should consider green composites, their design and life cycle assessment. The properties of natural fibre sources such as cellulose and wood are then discussed. Chapter 6 examines recyclable synthetic fibre-thermoplastic composites as an alternative solution and polymers derived from natural sources are covered in Chapter 7. The factors that influence the properties of these natural composites and natural fibre thermoplastic composites are detailed in Chapters 8 and 9. The final four chapters consider clean processing, applications, recycling, degradation and reprocessing.
Green composites is an essential guide for agricultural crop producers, government agricultural departments, automotive companies, composite producers and material scientists all dedicated to the promotion and practice of eco-friendly materials and production methods.
- Reviews fibre reinforced polymer composite production- Explains how environmental footprints can be diminished at every stage of the life-cycle
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Caroline Baillie is Professor of Praxis in Engineering and Social Justice at the University of San Diego, a highly cited materials engineer, and cofounder of the not-for-profit organization Waste-for Life.
Randika Jayasinghe is the Project Coordinator of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade funded project led by UWA: 'Australian-Sri Lankan University partnerships to develop community-based recycling businesses'. Randika has a background in waste management and has recently completed her PhD on the use of waste-based composites.