Fiberglass (or fibreglass) is a form of fiber reinforced plastic with glass fiber as the reinforcing fiber. The glass fiber can be placed freely, although it is most often woven into a mat. The plastic matrix might be thermosetting (epoxy, polyester resin, or vinylester) or thermoplastic. Glass fibers are manufactured from several kinds of glass depending on the use.
These glasses are all made of silica or silicate, with different quantities of calcium, magnesium, and sometimes boron oxides. Glass fibers are manufactured with very low levels of fault to be utilized in fiberglass. Fiberglass is a durable, lightweight material that is utilized in a variety of items. Although it is not as strong and rigid as carbon fiber composites, it is less brittle and has lower raw material costs.
It has higher bulk strength and weight than many metals, and it can be molded into more complicated shapes more easily. Aeroplanes, boats, autos, bath tubs and enclosures, swimming pools, hot tubs, septic tanks, water tanks, roofs, pipelines, cladding, casting, surfboards, and exterior door skins are all examples of fiberglass applications.
Fiberglass is also known as glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), glass-fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP), or GFK (from. Because glass fiber is often dubbed “fiberglass,” the composite is also known as “fiberglass reinforced plastic.” The term “fiberglass” will be used in this article to refer to the entire glass fiber reinforced composite material, rather than just the glass fiber within it.
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