Natural Fibres as Composite Reinforcement Materials: Description and New Sources
The use of natural fibres to reinforce polymers is currently giving rise to a relatively strong and new interest due to several advantages they offer, such as lightness, stiffness, strength, renewability and worldwide availability. However, certain drawbacks, such as the scattering of their properties and their low hygrothermal stability, common to almost all natural fibres, still hinder their progress in this field. Progressively, research is opening investigation into new sources of fibres for such composites with the aim of promoting their development locally. This chapter deals with a survey of these new fibres, aiming at proving that many plants, some of which are still considered as waste, can find an application in the reinforcement of composites.