Natural Fiber Composite Fabrication for the Automotive Industry

Lobna A. Elseify, Mohamad Midani, Ayman El-Badawy, Mohammad Jawaid

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2 Citations (Scopus)


Selecting the proper composite fabrication technique in the automotive industry is key to fulfilling the performance criteria and economic feasibility of the manufactured parts. While there are several standard techniques that are commonly used with carbon and glass fibers, only few of those techniques are suitable for use with natural fiber reinforcements. This chapter will discuss the different natural fiber composite (NFC) manufacturing techniques used in the literature as well as those techniques used by leading automotive parts manufacturers. Compression molding, resin transfer molding, and vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding techniques are described with details on processing parameters and procedures. Hand layup technique as well as extrusion and injection molding is also discussed. Comparison between processing parameters of NFC with thermoplastic and thermoset matrices is summarized in addition to comparison of the mechanical properties of NFC manufactured using selected techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Materials
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Materials
ISSN (Print)2192-1091
ISSN (Electronic)2192-1105


  • Compression molding
  • Hand layup
  • Injection molding
  • Natural fiber composite
  • RTM
  • VRTM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)


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