Sustainable development is increasingly becoming a priority of governments and companies, driven by growing environmental awareness. Academic research and industrial development is broadly exploring new ways to create greener and environmentally friendlier materials for a variety of applications in a number of sectors, including aeronautics, automotive, and construction industry. The “5th International Conference on Innovative Natural Fibre Composites for Industrial Applications”, planned for October 2015, following the success of the four previous conferences held in Rome in October 2007, April 2009, October 2011 and October 2013, is a good opportunity to investigate the items raised during the round table discussion which ended the last edition (interface, compatibility, bio-resins, toughness, impact, nanomaterials, etc.). The 5th Conference aims making a concrete contribution to our society, from the scientific community working on novel applications of natural fibres and in the development of new “green composites” and renewable nanomaterials.
The most recent trends of research in this field are aimed at exploiting the principal advantages of natural fibre reinforcements, such as lightweight, worldwide availability, ease of recycling, sustainability, renewability, thermal and acoustic insulation, lower manufacturing energy and carbon dioxide neutrality. These advantages of natural fibre composites are now more easily quantified through the use of Life Cycle Analysis methodology.
This Conference will provide a forum for discussions involving composite users, leading suppliers, engineers, producers, environmentalists, designers, researchers and technicians from industry and universities to share their experience, to present their latest results, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the use of natural fibres, analyze the state of the art and future applications. Another objective will be supplying common ground for future collaborations e.g., in European projects.
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