Technology and development of self-reinforced polymer composites

B. Alcock, T. Peijs

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In recent years there has been an increasing amount of interest, both commercially and scientifically, in the emerging field of "self-reinforced polymer composites". These materials, which are sometimes also referred to as "single polymer composites", or "all-polymer composites", were first conceived in the 1970s, and are now beginning to appear in a range of commercial products. While high mechanical performance polymer fibres or tapes are an obvious precursor for composite development, various different technologies have been developed to consolidate these into two- or three-dimensional structures. This paper presents a review of the various processing techniques that have been reported in the literature for the manufacture of self-reinforced polymer composites from fibres or tapes of different polymers, and so exploit the fibre or tape performance in a commercial material or product.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Polymer Science
Number of pages76
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameAdvances in Polymer Science
ISSN (Print)00653195


  • Consolidation
  • Impact
  • Mechanical performance
  • Processing
  • Recycling

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