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Do fiber-reinforced polymer composites provide environmentally benign alternatives? A life-cycle-assessment-based study

  • Joost R. Duflou (a1), Yelin Deng (a2), Karel Van Acker (a3) and Wim Dewulf (a4)
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This article summarizes the energy savings and environmental impacts of using traditional and bio-based fiber-reinforced polymer composites in place of conventional metal-based structures in a range of applications. In addition to reviewing technical achievements in improving material properties, we quantify the environmental impacts of the materials over the complete product life cycle, from material production through use and end of life, using life-cycle assessment (LCA).

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