Natural Fibre Composites and Their Applications: A Review

Paulo Peças, Hugo Carvalho, Hafiz Salman, Marco Leite

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There is significant work published in recent years about natural fibres polymeric composites. Most of the studies are about the characterization of natural fibres and their comparison with conventional composites regarding mechanical behaviour and application performance. There are dozens of types of natural fibres with different properties influencing their use, or not, in specific industrial applications. The natural origin of these materials causes, in general, a wide range of variations in properties depending mainly on the harvesting location and conditions, making it difficult to select the appropriate fibre for a specific application. In this paper, a comprehensive review about the properties of natural fibres used as composite materials reinforcement is presented, aiming to map where each type of fibre is positioned in several properties. Recent published work on emergent types of fibres is also reviewed. A bibliometric study regarding applications of natural fibres composites is presented. A prospective analysis about the future trends of natural fibres applications and the required developments to broaden their applications is also presented and discussed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66
JournalJournal of Composites Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2018


  • Natural fibres
  • Green composites
  • Automotive applications
  • Industrial applications


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