Honeycomb structures are a lattice of hollow, thin-walled cells with relatively high compression and shear properties out-of-plane while boasting a low density.
Hybrid materials are a type of composite in which two components interact at the nanostructure or molecular level. They are used today in such varied applications as corrosion protection, various scratch-resistant and decorative coatings, and dental fillers.
Piezoelectric materials generate electric current when placed under stress and will change size or experience mechanical deformation upon being subjected to an electric current.
The demand for composites has grown in the sporting goods industry specifically in products such as skis, hockey sticks, fishing rods, and bicycles.
In the future, natural fiber reinforced composites will gain an even larger presence in the composite materials industry especially as the demand for environmentally friendly products grows.
For more than 5,000 years, composites have been used in applications such as building materials, plastics, insulation, communications, automobiles, and safety and protection.