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What is a composite?

Quality materials for bespoke composite systems in infrastructure

What is a

Composite?

A composite is any material made from two or more component parts, with the resulting material being stronger, more durable, more resilient and superior to each of the component parts.

Composite solutions for industrial and manufacturing applications combine a number of resins and reinforcement materials, each with their own desirable characteristics, into a single composite able to exhibit enhanced characteristics.

Composites ultimately combine the benefits of one material with the advantages of others to produce materials that are strong, lightweight, non-conductive, corrosion resistant, maintenance free and easy to install.

How are

CompositeS MADE?

Fibre reinforced polymer composites typically comprise a combination of six thermosetting resins and three reinforcement types selected to suit the needs of the application.

Most of our products combine unsaturated polyester resins with glass fibre reinforcements to create incredibly reliable glass fibre-reinforced polymer composites (GRP).

Varying the resins’ di-carboxylic acids and glycols brings a number of different properties to GRPs, including strength, stiffness and water and corrosion resistance.

Depending on the process technique, glass fibre reinforcements are used in the form of rovings, chopped strand mats, continuous filament mats, unidirectional and bi-directional woven fabrics and multi-axial fabrics to provide strength and stiffness as required.

This table outlines how Complete Composite Systems evaluates what should be combined when designing and manufacturing bespoke reinforcement materials.

Speak with one of our specialists for the most appropriate selection for your needs.

Effective

Resins

  • Orthophthalic polyester
    • Popular and cost-effective for general purpose use
  • Isophthalic polyester
    • Superior water and corrosion resistance
  • Vinyl ester
    • Excellent heat and corrosion resilience
  • Methacrylic acid-based resins
    • Improved fire and toxicity performance when mixed with inert fillers, such as alumina tri-hydrate
  • Phenolic resins
    • Top performance under intense heat
  • Epoxy resins
    • Incredibly strong and offering superb electrical performance

Effective reinforcement

Materials

  • Glass fibre
    • Superb all-round reinforcement suited for most composites applications
  • Aramid/Kevlar
    • High-impact resistance reinforcement commonly used for ballistics protection when filled with alumina trihydrate
  • Carbon fibre
    • Strong and stiff yet lightweight – widely used in aerospace and automotive applications

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