The development, design and manufacturing of composite materials is one of the most important advances in the history of materials. Composites are multifunctional materials with distinctive mechanical and physical properties that can be tailored to meet the requirements of a particular application. Many composites exhibit great resistance to wear, corrosion and high temperature exposure. These unique characteristics provide design opportunities that are not possible with many conventional materials. Composite material technology also makes it possible to use an entire class of solid materials such as ceramics, in applications for which monolithic versions are unsuited because of their high strength but poor mechanical and thermal shock resistance. Furthermore, many manufacturing processes for composites are well adapted to the fabrication of large, complex structures, which allows for the consolidation of parts and reduces manufacturing costs. Composite materials offer a high strength-to-weight ratio and exhibit exceptional properties such as high durability, stiffness, damping properties, flexural strength, corrosion, wear, impact and fire resistance.

Typical Applications
Aerospace aircraft structures and mechanical components
Automotive and railway brakes, drive shafts, flywheels, tanks, pressure vessels, dimensionally stable components
Industrial internal combustion engines, machine components, thermal management, electronic packaging
Process industries equipment requiring resistance to high temperature, corrosion, oxidation and wear, offshore and onshore oil exploration and production
Miscellaneous marine structures, sports and leisure equipment, ships and boats, biomedical devices

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