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Welcome to the only blog dedicated to composites materials in all their aspects.  

Composites materials, unlike traditional structural materials such as wood, concrete, steel and aluminum, are a relatively young group of material technologies that possess seemingly endless potential for application in almost all major end uses from construction to automotive,  aerospace, railways, boat building, defence, wind energy. With an annual volume of around 7 million metric tonnes (MT), the global market for all fiber-reinforced plastic composites (FRP), including fiberglass (GFRP), carbon (CFRP) and aramid (AFRP) is minuscule compared with cement at 23,350 million MT and steel at 1,500million MT.

From the increases in the use of CFRP in the commercial aviation industry, principally by Boeing, on its 787 Dreamliner and Airbus, the use of composite materials began to grow significantly on an annual basis.

As the cost of energy increases and as composite design and  manufacturing processes become more automated, FRPs are becoming more economically feasible in advanced structural applications, such as aircraft, where they are already attractive because of their light weight, high specific strength (tensile strength/weight) and excellent corrosion resistance. These same economic forces are driving growth in other markets, such as renewable/alternative energy, especially wind energy and compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen storage containers.

Thanks to the press coverage received by F1 cars, bikes and high performance boats, all of which are made by carbon fiber, the generalistic public thinks tha carbon “is” composites material. Of course, the truth is that GFRPs, with a volume of around 6 million MT, have the largest share of the total composites market, particularly in construction, transportation, boat building  and wind energy applications. Carbon fiber is seen as the FRP material with the greatest potential for growth,

A composite material is a set of two different materials with different mechanical, resistance, tensile strength, electrical conductivity, high strength-to-weight ratio and fatigue resistance properties which combine together to give an end-product with superior properties. Composites are formed by the combination of a matrix (resin) and a reinforcement (fibres). In a composite, fibers are reinforced and used to reinforce the matrix in terms of strength and stiffness. The main advantages of composite materials are their high strength and stiffness, combined with low density, when compared with bulk materials. This enables substantial weight reduction in the finished part.

OBJECTIVES

CompositesMood wishes to be a support to the industry, analyzing and describing the composites market based on resin type, fiber type, manufacturing process, and application.

Provide detailed information on the key factors influencing market growth (drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges). Analyze the market with respect to individual growth trends, prospects, and contribution of the sub-markets to the overall market, analyze developments as alliances, mergers & acquisitions, and new product developments.

Present the industry key players.

For example, in the carbon fiber industry, big suppliers are more vertically integrated, producing fiber, prepreg, adhesives and other materials. Others concentrate on fiber production. Some are focused on the aerospace industry  others on industrial applications for carbon fiber.

However, CompositesMood will follow all the industry professionals, suppliers, designers, manufacturers. CompositesMood is a flexible blog created for everyone interested in the (advanced) composite industry.

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