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Forming Fibres from Basalt Rock

New application for a well-established process.

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).

Basalt, a rock which results when molten lava from deep in the earth’s crust rises up and cools sufficiently to solidify is found in many parts of the world. In some notable instances, it covers areas of many thousands of square miles. This paper describes work carried out to produce commercially useful fibre from the basalt which occurs as an enormous outcrop in Idaho, Oregon and Washington in the United States of America.

By Professor G. L. Sheldon Department of Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

 

Terms: Basalt

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