Fibre composites are materials formed by combining at least 2 base elements to produce properties different from those base elements.
Composites are commonly referred to as fibre reinforced polymers (FRPs). They consist of a matrix material - a polymer or resin - and a reinforcement material, usually in fibre form, added primarily to increase the matrix's strength and stiffness.
Fibre composites offer unique and exciting new ways to create and manufacture products in a huge range of industries.
From bridges and railway sleepers to automotive components and unmanned aerial vehicles, composites offer countless opportunities for radical designs and applications that change the shape, properties and performance of components and finished equipment.
Queensland's fibre composites industry comprises several hundred organisations undertaking research and development, manufacture, maintenance, repair and wholesale or retail services in areas ranging from aerospace to civil infrastructure and construction.
- Find out more about composites on the Composites Australia website.
- Last reviewed
- November 15, 2013