About the book
Among modern materials, the fibers reinforced composites have a history of a few decades. However, there has been a tremendous advancement of this class of material in science and technology. Fiber-reinforced composites composed of fibers and matrix are nowadays well-known engineering materials as they have steadily gained ground in nearly all sectors during last decades. Fiber-reinforced materials have been used in various industrial applications such as buildings, and constructions, aerospace to automotive to sports equipment, and consumer products etc. The role of fiber reinforcement in a composite material is fundamentally one of increasing the mechanical properties of the neat resin system. Various fibers used in composites have different properties and so affect the properties of the composite in different ways. The fibers used in composites can be synthetic or natural. Artificial or synthetic fibers such as aramid, boron, carbon, glass, and carbon nanotubes are man-made fibers through chemical synthesis. Natural fibers, on the other hand, can be obtained from various sources in nature such as abaca, bamboo, banana, cellulose nanocrystals, cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanofibers, coir, cotton, flax, grass, hemp, jute, kenaf, ramie, sisal, sugarcane bagasse, and wool. Keeping in mind the advantages of the fiber composite materials, this book will cover fundamental effects, products development and applications of fiber composites including material chemistry, designing, manufacturing, properties and utilization of these materials in various applications. From the view of sustainable development, the book will also discuss the potential efficacy, preparation and processing of biocomposites procured from diverse natural resources to be used for a variety of applications. In addition to this, the book will also summarize recent developments made in the area of advanced composite materials. A number of critical issues and suggestions for future work will be discussed, underscoring the roles of researchers for the efficient development of composites through value addition to enhance their use.