Advanced biopolymer-based green composites: their processing and damage mechanism
Nkomo, Nkosilathi Zinti
Mwasiagi, Josphat Igadwa
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Composites are constructions of lightweight bearing high toughness and custom-made properties for precise use, globally. In addition, bio-based composites are constructions made from natural and/or synthetic fibers and petroleum-based polymers and/or biodegradable polymers. Furthermore, green composites are constructions obtained from biopolymers and agricultural/natural or biofibers that are more environmentally friendly hence highly sought after worldwide. Currently, green composites are offering enormous benefits that are promoting them in the automotive, packaging, construction, electrical and insulation, furniture, consumer, and household industries among others. This chapter therefore presents advanced biopolymer-based green composites in relation to their processing and damage mechanism. Subtopics covered include processing and characterization of biopolymers, agricultural/natural fibers, and green composites. Various failure and damage mechanisms pertaining to green composites are also covered.