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Can plant-based natural fibres replace synthetic glass fibres in structural composites? A case study in automotive engineering

Bachelor Thesis

In recent years, the use of plant-based bio-fibres to replace synthetic glass or carbon fibres as reinforcement materials in fibre reinforced polymer composites for engineering applications has gained popularity due to an increasing environmental concern and requirement for developing sustainable materials. Previous study shows that natural flax fabric reinforced polymer composite can be used for automotive engineering due to their high specific stiffness and strength. In this thesis, the crushing performance of flax fibre reinforced polymer composites and glass/carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites will be studied and compared.

The tasks include:

  • Manufacturing natural and synthetic fibre reinforced polymer composite structures
  • Experimental tests of the specimens
  • Data analysis of the experiments
  • Morphology analysis of FFRP composites using scanning electronic microscope (SEM)

Knowledge of composite materials; Basic Knowledge of crushing; English language - communication skills; Self-motivation

The final thesis report can be written in English or in German. Because the mentor speaks only English, it is most useful for the student, to speak al least some English.