Decarbonising the automotive industry with bamboo super fibres

Published on 10/08/2023

Taking a look back at the success stories of 2022, LIST improved the mechanical properties of bamboo fibre composites, with the potential to decarbonise the automotive industry.

Due to their exceptional mechanical qualities, the main materials used today to strengthen polymer composites are glass fibre and carbon fibre. However, these fibres are hard to recycle, non-biodegradable and have a large carbon footprint.

Natural fibres such as bamboo, flax or hemp are alternative resources that can be used as strengthening materials. Several studies come to the conclusion that these natural fibres, particularly bamboo, are environmentally superior to synthetic fibres at each stage of the composite material life cycle.

"Our project focuses on implementing surface treatment techniques to enhance the compatibility between bamboo fibres and the matrix. By addressing concerns such as thermal degradation and facilitating self-healing capabilities, we aim to significantly improve the mechanical properties of bamboo fibre composites. This research endeavor not only expands the range of polymers suitable for bamboo fibres but also extends their applications, particularly in wet environments. Through these advancements, we anticipate bolstering the market position of bamboo fibres and creating opportunities for exploration in new market segments." Levent Kirkayak, Head of the Structural Composites Unit.

Discover more success stories in the digital version of the LIST 2022 annual report.

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