Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building Enclosures Using Bio-Based Materials
Biocomposites are finding applications in the construction industry due to their low cost and environmental acceptability. Two of the major cost drivers for composites are labor and raw materials. Plant derived raw materials can be used to manufacture fiber reinforced composites. The suitability of bio-based raw materials in composite products for building envelope enclosures need to be investigated. Natural fibers can be used as reinforcements in both thermoset and thermoplastic composites. Soy based thermoset resin system is ideal for automated composite manufacturing process like pultrusion because of the increase in line speed. The improveme nt in the interfacial properties of these new materials will enhance the mechanical and hygrothermal characteristics. This will overcome the performance limitations in terms of acceptable specific strength and durability. Development of sustainable bio-based materials will lead to low cost, energy efficient and low maintenance building products.
K. Chandrashekhara, "Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building Enclosures Using Bio-Based Materials," NSF-PATH Housing Research Workshop, SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers ), Jan 2004.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Biomaterials; Composites; Natural Fibers; Soy-Based Resin; Pultrusion
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