From super strong building materials to super light surfboards, composite materials are all around us and are a valuable tool for technological advances for the future.
Composite materials are formed by combining two or more materials that have quite different properties. The different materials work together as a matrix and reinforcement to create a new, composite material that might be:
- super strong
- extremely lightweight
- extra flexible
- a good insulator
- a good conductor of electricity
Composite materials exist in nature: cellulose + lignin combine to form a very strong, flexible material – wood!