High Performance Natural Fiber Thermoplastics for Automotive Interior Parts 2004-01-0729
Natural fiber mat (NMT) composites are ecologically and energetically beneficial because of their light-weight at high fibre content. This study demonstrated that the use of loose natural fibre in NMT process could lead to tremendous improvement in the shock absorption properties. It is also concluded that in NMT process fibre length above the critical length of fibre hardly affects the mechanical strength. The process is relatively easy one-step molding technique to provide large dimensions. The process also demonstrated promise in reducing the cost of the composite parts by minimizing/eliminating the use of natural fibre nonwoven mat and replacement of glass fibre.