Composite materials are designed by combining two or more materials with different properties to create one with unique properties such as strong, durable, lightweight, electric conductivity, and much more. Composite manufacturing is a major industry as it’s less expensive compared to the traditional methods of making industrial materials. According to the American composite manufacturer association, the sector contributes $22.2 billion annually and is seen to rise by the end of 2022 to $113.4 billion.
There is an increased demand for robust, durable, and lightweight materials as many industries opt for composites to find reinforcements of a specific design.
Benefits of Composites
The use of composites has permeated our daily lives. They are used in making different equipment, including sports equipment such as golf clubs, wastewater pipes, or even the cars you see on the road. In addition, some applications, such as rocket ships, require composite material to get off the ground.
Many industries prefer composited materials because of the following:
1. Corrosion Resistant
Composite materials do not corrode or rust, even when exposed to the harsh weather– 24hours a day, 7 times a week for 365 days a year. This feature allows them to be preferred by many industries, such as food and beverage, mining, and mineral processing.
2. Lightweight Material
Fiber-reinforced material such as braided composites provides excellent strength-weight ratios. Lightweight materials are crucial for industries such as transportation and aerospace, as they are easy to handle, install, and less expensive on assigned projects.
The density of the material makes it the most robust material around, making it suitable for automobile and airplane manufacturing. Composites are anisotropic; the material property changes depending on the number of layers of reinforcement materials–the fibers and their placement.
Many industries prefer composite materials for the value they bring. They are strong, but their stiffness is light, making them unique materials. Additionally, they have become easier to produce, making the entire manufacturing process less expensive.