Composites can be molded into an infinite number of complex shapes. The difference with composites is the ability to engineer into the laminate, specific structural, compliance (eg fire ratings) and aesthetic qualities without compromising the design. With composites the design comes first, engineering analysis on the shape will then deliver the required make up of the composite laminate.
Composites are roughly half to three-quarters the weight (depending on fiber type) of aluminum and one-quarter the weight of steel. Weight reduction using composites has created a huge market demand, particularly in creating cost efficiencies, longevity and design freedom in the architecture, marine, industrial, energy and automotive industries
High strength to weight ratios
Composites have the highest strength to weight ratio of any material available today. Composites can have two-and-a-half times the ultimate tensile strength of steel, yet less than a quarter of the weight per unit volume.
The vast range of resin/ reinforcement combinations available and the ability to design and tailor differing strength characteristics within a single form allows the most progressive shapes to be both light and strong
Composites have a high resistance to water, chemicals and the environment which make them a perfect material choice for outdoor exposure such as yacht structures, architectural facades, turbine blades and civil construction applications. Their inertness means they do not react with other materials.
Low maintenance/long life
Composite structures have an exceedingly long life span and require minimal maintenance due to their durability and resistance to corrosion. Maintenance requirements are significantly lower than wood or metal. The combination of low maintenance and long-life gives composite materials excellent life-cycle costs.