Advantages & Disadvantages Of Polymer Composites

Before I begin with this article I would like to know that are you aware of polymer and its properties?

I have asked this question here because polymer is a composite material, which I am sure many of you must be not aware of.

Introduction: Polymer composites comprise of fibers entrenched in a strong plastic matrix. Particularly, a fiber offers strength, or reinforcement for the composite material, and simultaneously matrix offers the support. 

The very first thing that you need to know is that “composite materials occur in nature”, itself. 

For example, “wood” is a natural composite which entails cellulose as the fiber & lignin as the matrix.  In fact polymer amalgams are light due to which they are capable in resisting heat and corrosion better than any natural composites or any conventional plastics. 

Fiber

Glass and natural fibers like jute, straw, etc. are a great source of fortification of matrix materials since 1940s. The very first polymer composite that was developed with used glass and carbon fibers in the 1940s, specifically for military and aerospace applications.

Other than that boron nitride, boron powder, along with polyaramid fibers like li Kevlar are counted as high-performance material and are used as reinforcement for in aircraft hulls.  

According to the reviews of various experts on Retail Rhino llc, Polyaramids and Boron form long-chain molecular structures that offer a great strength to fibers.

Matrix

“Thermosets & thermoplastics are matrix materials”. Thermosets are plastics which set irrevocably when chemically gets vulcanized or gets hardened. These materials have a high heat resistance. Thermoplastics are materials that dissolve when heated and set like glass when cooled. “Acrylics, Celluloids and polyesters are examples.