Composites vs Steel

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  • High Stiffness to Weight Ratio: Composites can have higher stiffness to weight ratio than steels while providing up to %70 lighter weight. Carbon fiber mostly commonly preferred for this type of application.
  • Corrosion: Corrosion may become a significant problem for steel in applications and these problems need to be solved with coatings or maintenance. Composites are naturally anti-corrosive and can easily stand up against corrosive conditions and this provides long-term performance.
  • Thermal Properties: Composite materials can perform lower thermal expansion than steel and this relates that more stable behavior can be achieved in the different temperatures. For example, steel has heat an expansion rate of roughly third times over carbon fiber epoxy.
  • Conductivity: Composites do not interact with electricity while metals like steel do. This makes composite materials an important alternative for many applications in different industries. The most common insulators in the industry are glass fiber composite parts.

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