Green Composites: Polymer Composites and the Environment

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Caroline Baillie
CRC Press, 2005 M03 8 - 308 pages
With an internationally recognized team of contributors, Green Composites examines fibre reinforced polymer composite production and explains how environmental footprints can be diminished at every stage of the life cycle. The introductory chapters examine why green composites should be considered. The book then discusses properties of cellulose and wood. It examines recyclable synthetic fibre-thermoplastic composites as alternatives, then covers polymers derived from natural sources. The text details the factors that influence properties, and considers clean processing, applications, recycling, degradation, and reprocessing. The book is essential for government agricultural departments, automotive companies, and others devoted to eco-friendly materials and production.

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Contents

traditional
9
Life cycle assessment
23
Natural fibre sources
49
paper and wood fibres
81
recyclable synthetic
100
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155
3
161
6
167
3
183
7
189
Energy saving in the manufacture and production
210
5
226
11
232
Future trends
239
Reprocessing
272
Index
301

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