Continuous glass fibers have evolved through the years since the commercialization of the first product in 1935. Manufactured using a mix of raw materials such as silicates, soda, clay, boric acid, and a range of metal oxides, glass fibers exhibit a combination of desirable mechanical and chemical properties based on their chemical composition. With the increase in research intensity toward development of reinforced composites, modified high strength glass fibers are being considered as cost-effective reinforcement materials in comparison to carbon fibers.
Glass fiber manufacturing companies have formulated unique approaches to improve strength and high temperature performance of glass fibers. In this TOE, we identify innovative glass fiber reinforcement products that have been launched recently targeting specific applications where alternatives to steel and other metals are being considered based on the ability of the new material to offer light-weighting possibilities at the lowest possible cost. Key applications of interest include composites for structural automotive components, aerospace parts, high pressure industrial systems, and recreational sports goods.
The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio–based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials.
The Materials and Coatings cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries.
Keywords: Fiberglass, glass fiber reinforcement, steel alternatives, lightweighting, composites, reinforcement material, automotive, aerospace, industrial, sports