Natural fiber reinforced composites with thermoplastic matrices have successfully proven their high qualities in various fields of technical application. Apart from conventional fiber material like aramid, Kevlar or glass fibers natural fibers such as tossa are increasingly applied for reinforcement.
A major field of application for natural fiber reinforced composites can be found in the automotive industry. Automotive manufacturers have utilized the tensile strengths of natural fibers for years in their interior components. Vehicle manufacturers and their supplier have noticed that besides their high strength and stiffness per weight, and environmental benefits, natural fiber composites have other benefits too. These include acoustic insulation, easier health and safety management, rapid production by compression molding and potentially lower cost!
While fiberglass and plastic composites are often seen as having an advantage, it also has a downside. The production of glass fibers releases carbon dioxide. Dust and fragments are generated when recycling conventional plastic composites by grinding them down, and remain an issue during disposal either to a landfill or incineration. Natural fibers can minimum harmful pollutants, and their eventual breakdown is environmentally friendly. Natural fibers emit less carbon dioxide when they break down than is absorbed during the plant’s growth!
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