Take a look at how common composites are used.
- [Instructor] So where are composites used? In the last 25 years, composite applications have really ballooned. The affordability and the ability to tailor make your composite to your product has made the composite basically ubiquitous with things everywhere. First, the aerospace industry. One of the early adopters was flight and because of the early adaptation of composites, we see composites being used more and more everywhere within the civil, commercial, and military applications in aerospace.
Reason is is because composites, again, are incredibly strong and very lightweight. So for the sake of aerospace, lightweight is critical, of course so is strength, so composites get used. Next, we see consumer products really beginning to take off with our composite products. Think of graphite golf clubs, and so on. The reason behind this is because you can, again, tailor make the composite to whatever product it is you want to sell. After that, we have ground transportation: trains, automotive, trucks, buses.
Again, because composites are very light and very strong, they give us the capability of reducing the weight of cars, thus saving fuel. Same thing with buses, trucks; you're able to make things smaller, lighter, stronger. Any type of corrosion-resistant equipment. So, with corrosion-resistant equipment, basically things like oil fields, gas treatment, water treatment, anything that deals with highly corrosive substances composites are going to be great at, because again, they are light, they are strong, and very corrosion-resistant.
And, marine applications; boats. Boats use a lot of composites. Pretty much the hull of any kind of boat that you're going to buy is basically a composite material, fiberglass-bottom boats. A lot of components on the boat themselves are also a composite because of the nature of the composite; again, the strength and the corrosion-resistance.
- What is a composite?
- Where composites are used
- Composite materials
- Composite manufacturing methods
- Inspection methods
- Repairing composites