Green Composites: Polymer Composites and the Environment

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Caroline Baillie, Randika Jayasinghe
Elsevier, 2004 M09 1 - 320 pages
There is an increasing movement of scientists and engineers who are dedicated to minimising the environmental impact of polymer composite production. Life cycle assessment is of paramount importance at every stage of a product’s life, from initial synthesis through to final disposal and a sustainable society needs environmentally safe materials and processing methods. With an internationally recognised 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 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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Contents

Chapter 1 Why green composites?
1
traditional and future views
9
Chapter 3 Life cycle assessment
23
Chapter 4 Natural fibre sources
49
paper and wood fibres as reinforcement
81
recyclable synthetic fibrethermoplastic composites
100
Chapter 7 Natural polymer sources
123
Chapter 8 Optimising the properties of green composites
154
Chapter 9 Green fibre thermoplastic composites
181
Chapter 10 Clean production
207
Chapter 11 Applications
233
Chapter 12 Reuse recycling and degradation of composites
252
Chapter 13 Reprocessing
272
Index
301
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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.

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