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Basalt Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites

The objective of the research was to determine if basalt fiber reinforced polymer composites are feasible, practical, and a beneficial material alternative for transportation applications.

The main activity of Global Basalt Engineering LLC is creation of effective productions on release of continuous basalt fiber (СBF) with technologies of the last generation and composites on the basis of СBF (Basalt Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites as BFRP).

No significant differences in stiffness and strength were found between basalt fabric reinforced polymer composites and glass composites reinforced by a fabric of similar weave pattern.

Aging results indicate that the interfacial region in basalt composites may be more vulnerable to environmental damage than in glass composites. However, the basalt/epoxy interface may also be more durable than the glass/epoxy interface in tension-tension fatigue because the fatigue life of basalt composites is longer.

Dr. Richard Parnas, PI
Dr. Montgomery Shaw, Co-PI
Qiang Liu, Student Assistant
Prepared for The New England Transportation Consortium

 

Terms: Basalt fiber application

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