Composites in automotive industry is making Vehicles lighter, safer, fuel efficient and cost efficient. High performance vehicles such as Formula F1 has the most innovative application of composites. Ease of manufacturing has diversifies it’s application in commercial vehicle components ranging from alloy wheels to shock absorbers, monocoque chassis and other structural parts.
Aerospace Engineering has the most advanced development in composite sector. Weight is everything when it comes to machines which are heavier than air and designers strives to improve lift to weight ratios. Advancement in composites manufacturing have reduced the gap between design and actual values thereby enhancing efficiencies and performance. Applications range from complete passenger airliners to wing assemblies, helicopter rotor blades, propellers and many more light weight fiber reinforced composite components.
Manufacturing process of large-scale wind turbine components such as Rotor blades, Nacelle involves usage of vacuum bagging material. The VARIM and VARTM technology have paved the way to improve the quality of manufacturing thereby decreasing manufacturing defects. Utilization of good quality aiding materials has produced wind blades which are less attracted to rejection considering strength to weight ratio of component.
Composites has played a major role in improving the efficiency of Railway transport systems. Application from lighter coaches for metros, monorails to modular toilets for trains and various structural/non-structural components of train coach and locomotive.
Composites has contributed to enhance performance and reduce the risk of failure in extreme sailing conditions. Marine industry has extensively started using composites from reducing weight of hulls to high performance marine structures. It has extended its application to racing powerboats, Racing yachts and other powerboat sector.
Composites in civil engineering application like composites bridge is gradually taking transformation from demonstration phase to acceptance as an alternative to steel – concrete bridges. Durability, corrosion resistance, fatigue resistance, lightweight, lower maintenance are some of the advantages of composite bridges.