Green Composites for Automotive Applications presents cutting-edge, comprehensive reviews on the industrial applications of green composites. The book provides an elaborative assessment of both academic and industrial research on eco-design, durability issues, environmental performance, and future trends. Particular emphasis is placed on the processing and characterization of green composites, specific types of materials, such as thermoset and thermoplastic, nanocomposites, sandwich, and polymer biofoams. Additional sections cover lifecycle and risk analysis. As such, this book is an essential reference resource for R&D specialists working in materials science, automotive, chemical, and environmental engineering, as well as R&D managers in industry.
- Contains contributions from leading experts in the field
- Covers experimental, analytical and numerical analysis
- Deals with most important automotive aspects
- Provides a special section dedicated to lifecycle assessment
1. Introduction to 'Green Composites' in the Automotive Industry
Part 1: Processing and Characterization of Green Composites 2. Industrial manufacturing processes for natural fiber composites, 3. Surface modification of natural cellulose fiber polymer composites 4. Mechanical processes and modification of nanofibril reinforced green composites 5. Recent developments in natural fiber reinforced composites and bio-based polymeric blends
Part 2: Applications of Green Composites in the Automotive Industry: Thermoset and Thermoplastic materials 6. Green thermoset reinforced biocomposites 7. Biodegradable polymer blends 8. Natural fiber-reinforced composite parts: predictive modelling and experimental techniques 9. Empirical modeling and neural networks for Modeling the Mechanical Properties of Biopolymers 10. Flammability performance of thermoset bio-composites
Part 3: Applications of Green Composites in the Automotive Industry: Nanocomposite and Nanomaterials 11. Recent advances in clay polymer, organo clays and rubber blend for nanocomposites 12. Production and modification of nanofibrillated cellulose composites: potential applications 13. Green nanocomposites from plant-derived nano-fibers and fillers 14. Nanomaterials tailored for automotive applications
Part 4: Applications of Green Composites in the Automotive Industry: Sandwich and Polymer Bio-foams 15. Plant oils and fats as chemicals for polyurethane applications 16. Sandwich boards made of natural fiber-reinforced bio-foams and renewable resources: formulation and processing 17. Natural fiber-reinforced bio foams in non-structural applications: industrial applications and research studies 18. Wood fibers as reinforcements in natural fiber in automotive composites
Part 5: Life Cycle Assessment and Risk Analysis 19. Eco-design for automotive components 20. Bio-based versus traditional polymer composites 21. Recycling process and issues of green composites / Recycled polymers in natural fiber-reinforced polymer composites 22. Bio-Composites: Present Trends and Challenges for The Future
Dr. Georgios Koronis is a Post Doc Research Fellow in the International Design Centre of Singapore University of Technology and Design. His current research interests include predicting natural composite durability via nondestructive methods aiming on understanding in more depth the mechanical behavior of natural fiber reinforced composites using both experimental and analytical/numerical methods. He obtained his PhD under a research grant by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology on the Doctoral Program of Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Lisbon - Portugal. During that time, he evaluated and investigated in depth a series of green composite materials for automobile applications in order to replace conventional polymer composites. He has been an invited peer reviewer for a number of scientific journals in the area of advanced and natural based composite materials.
Arlindo Silva is a tenured Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal, in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He received his Licenciatura in 1991 in Mechanical Engineering, his MSc in 1995 and PhD in 2001, both in Composite Materials at IST. He developed his research activities within the Institute of Science and Engineering of Materials and Surfaces.