Composites are at the center of our work. Learn why we are passionate about it and maybe why you should be too.
1 pound of composites is stronger than 1 pound of many other materials, including steel. It is the fibers and the resins that give composites most of their strength. While the fibers carry the load, the resins distribute the weight throughout the composite part according to the requirements.
The strength of composites doesn’t have the weight downside of many other materials. Composites are lighter than most metals and woods. And this benefit is crucial for many sectors as the lightweight enables efficiency and lower costs in the transportation sector and any application that requires installations.
Because of their resistance performance, composites are a very good choice for products exposed to constant stresses like temperature fluctuations, wind, toxic chemicals and many other harsh conditions including salt water. That makes them even fit to infrastructure such as bridge decks.
Composites allow designers, engineers and architects an unexpected freedom of creativity. They are flexible yet relatively low cost. They are ideal for curvy, complex shapes and offer the possibility to use a combination of various materials. As for the finish, it can simulate about any texture. Every project can be unique.
Composites make products that last. A long life span, plus a low maintenance advantage makes composites the winning choice for multiple applications—Thanks again to its resistance to fatigue and environmental factors (UV, temperature variations, moisture, chemicals, etc.).
How do composites compare to widely used materials such as steel, aluminum, wood and granite? Should you consider converting to composites?
On the basis, Composites result from the combination of a fiber reinforcement and a resin that bonds the fibers. They can also include specific additives, fillers, core materials and surface finishes.
The matrix that bonds the fibers.
At BHS Composites, we use thermoset resins. Thermoset resins are used to make most of the composites. Here are the resins we use:
The fibers that provide different mechanical properties.
So many possibilities. Different types of fibers that come in different forms. And yes, both the type and the form will influence the mechanical properties of the product.
At BHS, the products that we make are made of one type or a combination of fibers that come in different forms. Here are the types of fibers that we use:
Fiberglass type E or S
Natural fiber (flax)
Additives & fillers
Modify + enhance resin properties.
- Fire retardant
- UV inhibitors & stabilizers
- Colorants & pigments
- Phosphorescent minerals
- Conductive additives
- Release agents
- Quartz & silica
Catalysts/Initiators—Initiate the reaction
Promoters—Prepare the reaction with the catalyst
Inhibitors—Slow the rate of reaction
Accelerators—speed curing process
For Stiff & Lightweight composite products.
- Cross-Linked PVC
- Linear PVC
- Polymethacrylimide (PMI)
- Fiber Reinforced Core
Esthetics & Durability of the product.
We know the strengths of every process we offer and this is why you can rely on us to use the best process for your desired product.
Here are our different composites manufacturing processes: