The term composite materials refer to building materials that are made from two or more different materials that have been combined to create a new one with enhanced properties. Composite materials are widely used in construction because they offer a range of benefits, including strength, durability, and versatility.
Composite materials can be made from a wide range of materials, including metals, polymers, fibers, and ceramics, and can be designed to have specific properties, such as high strength, stiffness, or durability. Some common types of composite materials used in construction include Fiber-reinforced polymer composites, wood-plastic composite, metal matrix composites, and cementitious composites.
Fiber-reinforced polymer composites are lightweight and strong, and are often used in structural applications, such as in beams, columns, and bridge decks. Wood-plastic composite on the contrary is a durable and low-maintenance material that is often used in decking, fencing, and other outdoor applications. Metal matrix composites are known for their high strength and stiffness, and are often used in structural applications, while cementitious composites are made from a mixture of cement, water, and aggregate, and are often reinforced with fibers or other materials to increase their strength, so they can be used in the construction of walls, floors, and other structural elements.
Composite materials can be tailored to meet a wide range of performance requirements, making them suitable for a variety of applications and often considered to be endless in terms of their potential uses.
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