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Pineapple Leaf Fibres for Automotive Applications

  • Beyanagari Sudheer Reddy
  • M. Rajesh
  • Edwin Sudhakar
  • Ariful Rahaman
  • Jayakrishna KandasamyEmail author
  • M. T. H. Sultan
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Abstract

Fibre-reinforced polymer composites (FRPCs) are playing a significant role in manufacturing of goods/products in service for lightweight applications. Among FRPCs, natural fibre-reinforced polymer composites (NFRPCs) are one in forefront and replacing both the conventional and unconventional reinforced composites since they are eco friendly in nature and have several benefits like low price, ease of manufacturing, denseness, biodegradability, etc. In this chapter, a solemn attempt is made to study the pineapple leaf fibre (PALF) bolstered with polymer matrix composites (PMCs). PALFs are rich in cellulose, comparatively cheap and extravagantly available. PALFs reinforced with polymers such as thermoplastic/thermoset matrices are widely used in automotive sectors. PALF-reinforced polymer matrix composites have a wide range of applications in automotive industries, manufacturing of dashboards, package trays, door panels, headliners, seat backs, interior parts and many other parts. This chapter also explores the type of NFRPCs used by several automotive organizations.

Keywords

Natural fibre Pineapple leaf fibre Polymer composites Automotive Hybrid-electric vehicles 

Abbreviations

BMC

Bulk moulding compound

CMC

Ceramic matrix composites

ESEM

Environmental scanning electron microscopy

FRPC

Fibre-reinforced polymer composites

MMC

Metal matrix composites

NFM

Non-fibrous material

NFRPC

Natural fibre-reinforced polymer composites

LDPE

Low-density polyethylene

PALF

Pineapple leaf fibre

PHBV

Poly-hydroxybutyrate-co-valerate

PLA

Polylactide

PM

Polymer matrix

PMC

Polymer matrix composites

PP

Poly-propelene

SMC

Sheet moulding compound

WGL

Whole ground pineapple leaf

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beyanagari Sudheer Reddy
    • 1
  • M. Rajesh
    • 1
  • Edwin Sudhakar
    • 1
  • Ariful Rahaman
    • 1
  • Jayakrishna Kandasamy
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. T. H. Sultan
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Mechanical EngineeringVellore Institute of TechnologyVelloreIndia
  2. 2.Laboratory of Bio-composite TechnologyInstitute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP), Universiti Putra MalaysiaSerdangMalaysia

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