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Research Thesis Topic

Development of Bio-Composites Using Renewable Agricultural Biomass


Topic ID
33

Thesis Topic/Title
Development of Bio-Composites Using Renewable Agricultural Biomass

Description

Bio-composites are composite materials that are created by adding two or more dissimilar materials such as a natural fibre and a synthetic/bio-based polymer, both of which contribute to the strength while retaining the structural integrity of the final product. Natural fibres such as flax, alpaca, hemp, jute and wood fibres are bio-degradable in nature, used in reinforcement of composites by adding into different thermoplastic matrices. The benefit of bio-composite materials over other conventional material with a view to their higher specific strength, stiffness and fatigue characteristics, which permits structural design to be more adaptable. Moreover, bio-composites offer bio-degradability; higher tensile strength, low specific gravity, recyclability, and renewability. Therefore, bio-composite materials are being used to manufacture medical instruments and also other new areas, because these materials are not physically dangerous. Different types of fibre materials are used in bio-composites like as flax, alpaca, hemp, jute and wood fibres and researcher are trying to use new materials for bio-composites. This new dimension of the research will help to develop new area of bio-composite research and also help to develop agricultural sector through utilising diversified agricultural biomass for economic development.


Principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

Research Affiliations
  • Centre for Future Materials
  • School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Field of Research
  • Materials Engineering


Application Open Date
29/02/2016

Application Close Date
31/12/2020

USQ Scholarship Applications

Pre-approved for Ethics
No

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