National Composites Week: How composites protect us

As we celebrate National Composites Week, here’s a look at some of the ways composites keeping us safe.  
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Carbon fiber-intensive F-35 fighter.  Source | Lockheed Martin

National Composites Week is a great time to reflect on many of the ways composites are used to protect us or keep us safe. From fire-retardant materials used in architecture and the transportation industry to defense applications, composites have the ability to provide strength, stiffness, durability and corrosion resistance combined with safety considerations.


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SAERTEX LEO coated fabric meets even exterior burn-through requirements for rail floors via an intumescent material which creates an insulating foam when exposed to fire.  Source | SAERTEX

Here are a few stories CW has reported on in the past few months that illustrate some of the ways composites contribute to keeping us safe.


About National Composites Week

National Composites Week was organized and launched by braiding specialist A&P Technology (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.), global advanced composites company Hexcel (Stamford, Conn., U.S.) and CompositesWorld to celebrate the myriad ways that composite materials and composites manufacturing contributes to the products and structures that shape the American manufacturing landscape today. 

Go to www.NationalCompositesWeek.com for more information, and to download a Host Guide, a sample press release, a sample letter to the editor and other templates designed to help participants develop and execute events and outreach at their facilities. Use the hashtag #NationalCompositesWeek during the week to join the celebration!


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