Sample Paper on Composite Material

Composite materials, which are also known as composites, are made by blending two or probable more materials having varying properties to create one material with unique properties. Composite materials have a long history, with records of people who made these materials more than a thousand years ago. One of the oldest composite materials used a long time ago was mud and stray. Mud and stray were used in ancient Egypt in making brick that was used in making the castle and the iconic pyramids which are present today (Nicholson and Ian 83). Normally, the bricks, which were used in construction, were made from clay and hardened by the fire. The first bricks are thought to have been used approximately in 5000BC (Nicholson and Ian 78). The bricks proved to offer a great solution in building and construction because they had a great potential of resisting high forces of stress. However, they were quite weak when applied to high tension forced and could break easily by bending them. Materials, which could overcome high-tension forces like straw, were mixed with lay in making the bricks to make them strong and resistant to stretching and braking forces.

One of the greatest composite materials that have revolutionized the modern world is fiberglass. It has become the most common material that is used in the building and construction industry. In fiberglass manufacturing, plastic is used as a matrix because it is able to resist high stretching forces while glass is used as a reinforcement because is able to overcome high compressing forces (Chawla 12). The glass is normally woven in what resembles cloth and is held together in the matrix to produce a stronger structure. Fiberglass was particularly made to be used in the aviation industry to replace the molded plywood that was common in making aircraft radomes. However, it revolutionized the industries beyond its intended use and its application extended to building panels, boat hulls, car bodies, and sports equipment. Fiberglass has become vital in the house building industry and in making storage tanks and piping.

Works Cited

Chawla, Krishan K. Composite Materials: Science and Engineering. Berlin: Springer US, 2008. Print.

Nicholson, Paul T, and Ian Shaw. Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Print.