Plantain fibres could help build stronger and lighter cars

Automakers have been using natural fibres for certain automotive parts for decades, including incorporating hemp, sisal and wood into materials for insulation, interior panelling and internal engine covers for luxury vehicles.

Researchers from the University of Johannesburg have now demonstrated that plantain, a starchy type of banana, is a promising source for an emerging type of composite materials for the automotive industry.

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Posted by Geoff Fisher on 3 September 2020

 

 

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