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ISAS2018-Winter - 2nd International Symposium on Innovative Approaches in Scientific Studies, Samsun, Turkey, Nov 30, 2018

Human Hair Fiber as a Reinforcement Material in Composite Structures (ISAS2018-Winter_166)
Hande Zengin1*, İpek Yalçın Enis2
1İstanbul Technical University, İstanbul, Turkey
2İstanbul Technical University, İstanbul, Turkey
* Corresponding author: sezginh@itu.edu.tr
Published Date: 2019-01-14   |   Page (s): 880-883   |    20     5

ABSTRACT In the last century, there has been an ever-increasing demand for novel materials namely known as composites.
Biological fibers are reinforcement materials of composite structures owing to their economic and ecological advantages. Among
these fibers, plant fibers are mostly preferred as reinforcement materials. However, studies using animal fibers are also
noteworthy. Human hair, which considered as a waste material, is a favored biological non-degradable fiber in the field of
advanced engineering materials in recent years. Their low cost, elasticity, smoothness and tolerable mechanical properties
ascended their usage rates in composite structures. In addition to the utilization in thermoplastic and thermoset resins, human
hair fiber also used in concrete materials. In this study, brief information about human hair fiber and its usage in composite
materials are given and general information about the previous studies about human hair reinforced composites are discussed.  
KEYWORDS textiles, composites, recycling, human hair fiber, concrete
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