in: Diffusion Foundations Volume 23- Thermo-Mechanical Properties of Polymer Composites, Dr. Inamuddin, Anish Khan, Abdullah Mohamed Asiri, Editor, Trans Tech Publications Inc. , Zürich, pp.6-30, 2019
In early composite materials, the use of petroleum based fibers such as glass and carbon fibers, aramid etc. was common. In order to reduce the dependency on petroleum based sources and environmental pollution, researchers have focused on the search for alternative sources. Natural fibers are abundant, recyclable and biodegradable plant derived materials. Besides, thanks to good physical, thermal and mechanical properties, natural fibers become promising alternative for composites. This review includes information about natural fiber reinforced composites’ components, manufacturing methods, mechanical properties and applications.