What is it about?

Natural/synthetic composite hybrids combine the light-weight, environmentally sustainable characteristics of natural fibres with the ridigity, mechanical and chemical durability of synthetic composites. Here, fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite and carbon-reinforced polymer (CRP) composite laminates containing flax fibre, carbon fibre and carbon/flax hybrid composites were compared with regards to their drill machinability using the water jet drilling method.

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Why is it important?

Hybridisation between natural and synthetic fibres is a technique in which the benefits of each material can be combined to achieve a composite that demonstrates both high mechanical performance and improved environmental impact.


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Dr James R Smith
University of Portsmouth

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This page is a summary of: Abrasive water jet drilling of advanced sustainable bio-fibre-reinforced polymer/hybrid composites: a comprehensive analysis of machining-induced damage responses, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, September 2018, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s00170-018-2670-x.
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