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From plywood to aircraft wings, composites can be found throughout modern society and are increasingly being used in place of traditional materials like wood and metal.
For millennia, humans have been combining different materials to create something that is more durable, flexible and capable than their constituent parts.
Composite manufacturing dates back to ancient brick-making when straw was added to wet clay or mud to accelerate the drying time and provide a stronger finished brick. Metal reinforcement bars in concrete structures perform much the same function. Concrete, the second most used material in the world after water, is itself a composite of loose stones and cement.
The primary reason for making composites is enhanced strength, as in the examples above, but it’s not the only one. For instance, a composite material may be less expensive, lighter, water and heat-resistant, more rigid, electrically conductive or a combination.
Modern composites have been designed to fulfill a specific need and are routinely used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, defence, marine, medical devices and sports equipment.
Common examples include engineered wood, carbon fiber, fiberglass, fibre-reinforced plastics and advanced ceramics. The list of composites is constantly growing as researchers experiment with different material combinations and develop new varieties, processes and applications.
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Composites are made by bonding two or more materials with complementary strengths and weaknesses together. They typically include a binding substance called a ‘matrix’ and a ‘reinforcement’ material that, once combined, provides superior properties to each individual component.
Though many are human-made, there are numerous natural composites, such as wood, which combines cellulose fibers in a matrix of lignin.
Most composites are created from the mixing of wet materials which harden or set over time. A process that can take anything from hours to weeks.
The matrix and reinforcement can be easily seen in the final composite. This characteristic is what separates composites from chemical compounds, solutions and mixtures.
Combining different materials and volumes together changes the enhanced synergy between them, enabling scientists to precisely optimise a composite to solve a particular problem.
Despite their generally high cost, fiber-reinforced composite materials are increasingly being relied upon for high-performance applications due to their high strength-to-weight ratio. They can better withstand the stringent requirements and loading pressures faced by aerospace structures, boat and scull hulls, bicycle frames and racing car monocoques.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 both have airframes, fuselages, wings, rudders largely comprised of composites.
Composites also continue to replace wood and metal in a wide variety of sporting goods, including tennis racquets, baseball bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks, rowing paddles, fishing rods, and all manner of boards and supports.
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