Composite fiber: a material of the future
Although still relatively unknown, composite fiber offers many advantages. This innovative material can be used for almost every type of purpose, but not many companies know how to process it for manufacturing!
Composites are made by assembling two materials with different characteristics, resulting in a material whose performances are better that those of its component parts taken separately. It is possible to manufacture virtually any kind of composite to meet the needs of a particular use.
Based in Normandy, the Idréva workshop works with companies in a wide range of different sectors. We use a composite material selected for its solidity and versatility:
- A glass-fiber reinforcement: it guarantees the excellent mechanical resistance of the part
- A matrix in polyester resin: this ensure the consistency of each part and can be adapted according to needs
Composite materials only appeared on the market around twenty years ago. Their use is not yet particularly widespread, despite their many potential applications, because people are not sufficiently familiar with them.
Producing composite parts requires highly specific expertise and equipment that are rarely found among the major manufacturers in the construction and industrial sectors. An increasing number of small companies – capable of designing and making products from composite materials – are now helping to raise the sector’s profile.
Producing products made with composite fiber requires a skilled workforce and technical know-how, for both the design and development of the products.
The cost of building with composite products may seem higher than when using components made from more traditional materials, such as steel or aluminium.
However, over the long term, composite products are much more durable and the overall cost is therefore much lower. No maintenance is required on a composite product over a period of 10 to 20 years, whereas components made from other materials will need to be sanded, repainted or maintained.
Due to its characteristics, composite fiber has many potential applications. Each sector of activity can find the matrix and reinforcement combination to suit its specific needs.
At Idréva, we work with several companies in the water-treatment sector, as well as with industrial companies. Our composite resin is the ideal solution for professionals seeking products capable of withstanding fresh or corrosive water over long periods.
- Our composite products do not corrode, whether in hard water, chlorinated water or salt water.
- In drinking water, our ACS-certified (French public health compliance certificate) resin does not alter the quality of the water.
- In corrosive atmospheres, workshops used for manufacturing of chemicals, phytosanitary agents, fertilizers, etc., our products do not corrode.
- Contact with concentrated chemical substances (even pure) does not alter our products: unloading area, surface treatment workshop, manufacturing equipment etc.
- Our products can be installed near fields of electromagnetic waves, since they are transparent for the waves: mobile telephones, measuring equipment, etc.
Our products provide electrical insulation and therefore allow operators to work in total safety: train maintenance area, subway or tramway, transformer rooms.