Solid material that results when two or more substances are combined (physically, not chemically) to create a new material whose properties are superior in a specific application to those of the original substances. The term specifically refers to a structural matrix (such as plastic) within which a fibrous material (such as silicon carbide) is embedded. Fibreglass-reinforced plastic is the best-known composite. Because of their stiffness, lightness, and heat resistance, composites are the materials of choice in numerous structural, reinforcing, and high-performance applications.
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Composite joining pros and cons: many engineers are still reluctant to use new lightweight materials.(Plastics Assembly)
Jun 01, 2010; Demand for composite materials is growing rapidly, as manufacturers in many industries scramble to find new ways to reduce...