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Composite materials

Composite materials

Composite materials

Composite is a combination of different materials, in which the individual material properties reinforce each other in the end result. The basic materials of composite are a combination of a synthetic resin and a fiber. The fiber, for example from glass, aramid or carbon, provides the strength and rigidity of the material. The resin ensures the distribution of loads and the sensitivity of the composite to external factors such as moisture, chemicals and ultraviolet light. The resin is easy to use and can be processed with molds in any desired shape.

The combinations of (synthetic) resins and synthetic fibers are called fiber-reinforced plastics. These materials have major advantages over the usual materials. The most important are the strength and stiffness relative to a lower weight and the corrosion resistance. It is also resistant to moisture, water and chemicals and has a long service life. As a result, the area of application is countless, such as structural applications, pipes and counter tops.

Heat is required for the production and processing of these composites. The heat is excellent with infrared lamps. Heating the composite can therefore be used for various purposes.

Applications:

IR radiant heat is used for the production of composite tubes. We have developed a special infrared tunnel for the tubes, through which the tube can be fed. The infrared lamps are placed around inside the tunnel. As a result, the pipe is irradiated everywhere and evenly heated when it is passing through the tunnel. It can be used for:

  • A better flow of the caoting.
  • To evapourate water out of the coating
  • Heat up the tube to become much more flexible, so that it can be rolled up tightly, for example on a reel.
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