Biography:

In the past M.R. Mansor has collaborated on articles with M.A. Alam. One of their most recent publications is 20 - Design characteristics, codes and standards of natural fibre composites. Which was published in journal .

More information about M.R. Mansor research including statistics on their citations can be found on their Copernicus Academic profile page.

M.R. Mansor's Articles: (2)

20 - Design characteristics, codes and standards of natural fibre composites

AbstractThe pursuit towards achieving sustainable construction worldwide has spurred a great effort in improving current practices in the building and construction industry. The high involvement in terms of research and application of environmentally friendly raw materials for the industry is one of the showcases of the effort made in achieving this goal. One of the most promising sources of raw material, which can highly contribute to improve the environmental performance of current building materials, is natural fibre composites (NFC). NFC is acknowledged as a renewable and recyclable material and can also offer advantages such as low cost and high material availability and, most importantly, has low energy and greenhouse gas emission implications during use. In this chapter the involvement of NFC for a sustainable construction process is explained with a focus on the design characteristics, codes and standards. An overview of NFC for sustainable construction is explained with examples on various building and construction product applications. Furthermore, a new proposed design model involving NFC laminate for shear strengthening of reinforced concrete (RC) beams is also included in this chapter. Finally, a case study on the applicability of the new design model is also demonstrated using kenaf fibre reinforced polymer (KFRP) composites. It is expected that the design model can serve as a reference to systematic and correct design practice for practitioners, involving the use of NFC in RC beams for building and construction applications.

11 - Natural fiber polymer composites: Utilization in aerospace engineering

AbstractSince its inception, the aerospace industry has actively pioneered the use of advanced materials, especially polymer composites for aircraft construction. The key objectives are to gain lightweight advantages, so that aircraft can burn less fuel, and hence travel longer distances or carry higher payload over the same distance. In line with the current drive toward improving sustainability performance the in aerospace industry, environmentally friendly materials are steadily being introduced as substitute materials for aircraft component construction, such as natural fiber polymer composites (NFPC). Natural fibers, derived from plants and animals, offers many advantages in term of low density, high strength-to-weight ratio, low cost, and alike synthetic composites, they are able to be applied to components with complex geometrical design features. Furthermore, due to their natural origin, natural fibers are also more environmentally friendly because of to their renewable, biodegradable, and recyclable properties. In this chapter, the current applications of NFPC for aerospace engineering are discussed. Among the topics covered are the introduction to aerospace materials especially polymer composites such as for aircraft frames, and engine construction, and the advantages offered by the material. Further topics included are the recent development of NFPC in aerospace applications such as for aircraft radome and interior cabin components, as well as remarks on NFPC future trends and challenges. It is hoped that this chapter is able to provide a positive insight to readers and spark greater interest to industry players on the potential of applying NFPC in aerospace applications, towards improving the current performance of aerospace materials, especially in terms of lightweight and environmental sustainability.

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