The use of composite materials in military equipment started much earlier than you think! In about 1200 AD, Mongols invented the first composite bows made from a combination of wood, bamboo, bone, cattle tendons, horns, and silk bonded with natural pine...
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How Kevlar Bulletproof Vests became a reality?
por LlucMarti | Ago 11, 2022 | Story-time
In the early 1970s, DuPont’s Kevlar ballistic fabric was invented. During the mid-1970s, Kevlar was incorporated into a National Institute of Justice evaluation program to provide lightweight body armors for law enforcement officers. Kevlar armor was found...
What was the first car to use fiberglass reinforced plastics?
por LlucMarti | Jul 26, 2022 | Story-time
It was 71 years ago, in 1949, that the world’s first automotive body made out of a revolutionary new ''wonder material'', glass-reinforced plastic (also known as GRP, fiberglass, or glass fiber) was conceived and made. The GRP car in question was the...
Which was the first high-performance fiber used by the composite industry?
por LlucMarti | Jul 14, 2022 | Story-time
The answer is Boron fiber! Boron fibers were first discovered in 1959 and were developed during the 1960s into the first true high-performance fibers. Until that time, glass fiber was the only other high-strength fiber available in continuous lengths, and the low...
Which was the first composite material manufactured by humans?
por LlucMarti | Jul 7, 2022 | Story-time
As you may already know, a composite material is, by definition, ''a material that is made of two or more different materials, differentiable at a microscopic level, which specific properties are better than their separated properties''. Just like any...
Do you know which car was the first to use composites?
por LlucMarti | Abr 26, 2022 | Story-time
To answer this question, we will have to go back to the 1930s!
MP4-1 first composite design F1 chassis!
por LlucMarti | Abr 12, 2022 | Story-time
Today’s history lesson takes us back to the 80’s to discover how McLaren Racing designed the first fully composite F1 chassis.
The history of fiberglass
por LlucMarti | Feb 3, 2022 | Story-time
The use of fiberglass has changed along these years.