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.
With rapid advancements underway in the field of robotic materials, robotic surgeries, self-adjusting camouflage and prosthetic limbs that can give people back their sense of touch could all be a reality in a few years.
Advanced composite materials have a long history of use in military and government aerospace applications, but as costs of production decline, they will eventually become more integrated into mainstream markets.
Composites provide exceptionally high strength to weight ratios, making them attractive materials for use in industries in which weight matters – namely, the automotive industry.
There are many applications, particularly in the aerospace and automobile industries, that require composites with a high temperature resistance. Metal, glass and ceramic-matrix composites provided higher temperature resistance with operating temperatures up to 900° C.