Tinkering with materials: engineered composites from plant fibres
Date:30 September 2019, 6:00pm - 30 September 2019, 8:00pm
University of Auckland, Professor Krishnan Jayaraman, inaugural lecture Plant fibre-reinforced composites have found a wide array of applications in the building industry in products such as door and window frames, decking material and railings, and the automobile industry in items such as door panels, seat backs, headliners, package trays, dashboards and trunk liners. Plant fibres such as sisal, flax and jute fibres possess good reinforcing capability when properly compounded with polymers. The advantages of plant fibres over synthetic ones such as glass fibres are low cost, low density, renewability, and favourable values of specific strength and specific modulus.