Composites are changing the face of air travel. For the last two decades, advanced composite materials have made transportation more viable, more sustainable, and more affordable for millions of people and industries. Airplanes are one of the areas in which composites have shown the most promise for development.
Glass fiber reinforced polymers (GFRPs) are said to be the future of myriad industries. In recent years, innovative applications of GFRP have improved sustainability, decreased cost, and streamlined production for a wide range of end-products, from aerospace to construction.
Where is GFRP surprisingly effective? Here are four unexpected applications for glass fiber reinforced polymers to watch.
Glass fiber is a transformative material. Since the mid-20th century, fiberglass has been making transportation faster, safer, and more affordable on both a macro and micro scale. Mass transit is one of the sectors of transportation that have been impacted the most by developments in glass fiber technology.
If composite materials are innovative, biocomposites are the future. Biocomposites, materials made from natural fibers reinforced by resin, are surging in popularity among dozens of forward-thinking industries. By 2021, the global biocomposites market is expected to be more than a $6.5 billion industry.
Fiberglass has been a game-changer for the aviation industry. From aircrafts comprised almost entirely of composite materials to the limitless abilities of fiberglass tape, few areas of air travel have yet to be improved by advancements in glass fiber technology.
It’s easy to see how glass fiber is making airplanes faster, lighter, and cheaper. But is it making them safer? You might be surprised to find out the ways in which fiberglass actually makes air travel more dependable.
Over the past 80 years, fiberglass has become inextricably linked with manufacturing, industry, and construction. One of the most overlooked – and widespread – uses for glass fiber products is within the recreational space. Fiberglass has revolutionized many of the products and activities we turn to for entertainment.
High-speed rail is changing the face of passenger travel. High-speed trains, generally traveling more than 60 mph, 120mph, 155mph and more, have long been an integral component of European infrastructure. America is making its own investments in high-speed rail technology, and certain materials are at the forefront of innovation in the space.
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Thanks to its many different properties, glass fiber has become a staple material in a huge swath of industries. Because of its strength, flexibility, and customizability, fiberglass products play a huge role in revolutionizing the manufacture of products in virtually every industry.
Where can you find glass fibers in 2017? Check out our infographic to find out.
Are composite materials the future of space travel? Composites – a combination of chemicals, elements, or materials – are increasingly seen as one of the most promising advancements in space travel, both manned and unmanned.
How are composites impacting the future of deep space technology, and what should we be paying attention to?