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Bio-fiber-reinforced composites can be attacked by mold

from Plastics Today

Fibers such as flax, hemp, cellulose nanofiber, and kenaf have been used as reinforcements in composite materials for automotive applications, with kenaf in particular having made commercial inroads. However, a word of caution has been sounded by the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan School of Engineering, which says that mold of the fungal type is proving increasingly important in the domain of engineering materials and can lead to early deterioration and structural failure. This is especially the case as manufacturers adopt more bio-derived materials in the drive toward a greener future, explains researcher Bryn Crawford. more

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