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Tribology of Natural Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites

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Pradeep L. Menezes, Pradeep K. Rohatgi, Michael R. Lovell

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Paper No. IJTC2011-61221, pp. 341-343; 3 pages
doi:10.1115/IJTC2011-61221
From:
  • ASME/STLE 2011 International Joint Tribology Conference
  • ASME/STLE 2011 Joint Tribology Conference
  • Los Angeles, California, USA, Oct 24–26, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5474-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME

abstract

In recent years, significant academic and industrial research and development has explored novel methods of creating green and environmentally friendly materials for commercial applications. Natural fibers offer the potential to develop lower cost products with better performance, sustainability, and renewability characteristics than traditional materials, particularly in the automotive industry. In this respect, natural fiber reinforced polymer composites have emerged as an environmentally friendly and cost-effective option to synthetic fiber reinforced composites. Hence, in this study, a review of the tribological behavior of natural fiber reinforced polymer composites has been undertaken to better understand their usability for various automotive applications.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME

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