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Salah M. El-Haggar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166471

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166471.001.0001

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Innovation in the Plastic Industry 3: Upcycle of Plastic Waste: Natural Fiber Plastic Composites

Innovation in the Plastic Industry 3: Upcycle of Plastic Waste: Natural Fiber Plastic Composites

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(p.229) Chapter 7 Innovation in the Plastic Industry 3: Upcycle of Plastic Waste: Natural Fiber Plastic Composites
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Sustainability and Innovation
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Mokhtar Kamel

Salah M. El-Haggar

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166471.003.0007

During the last decade, natural fiber plastic composites (NFPCs) have been increasingly used as substitutes for natural wood in North America, Europe, and China. They have also become an important topic of research because of their properties and advantages. Natural fibers, such as palm, wood, rice, jute, bamboo, kenaf, flax, hemp, cotton, kraft pulp, coconut husk, and many others, are widely used as reinforcements to thermoplastics because they offer a number of advantages over the use of synthetic fibers or the adoption of thermoplastics on their own. This chapter discusses applications for NFPCs and the testing of the mechanical properties of recycled composites. The results show that the main cause of variable performance of recycled composites was impurities and contaminants.

Keywords:   natural fiber plastic composites, NFPC, recycled plastics, plastic waste, recycled composites

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