News and technological advancement of composite materials
In an era of technological progress, increasingly sophisticated materials are developed to meet the needs of manufacturers in terms of more reliable and efficient solutions with a low environmental impact, in the field of light constructions and design materials, composites are among the winners: automotive engineering, aerospace, wind energy, shipbuilding but especially railways can no longer do without these innovative materials.
I materiali compositi più usati oggi giorno, che vanno a sopperire le mancanze dei materiali classici quali alluminio, acciaio, legno e vetro, sono i compositi di fibre rinforzate che espandono il potenziale del comparto plastico unendo le proprietà di robustezza delle fibre all’adattabilità della matrice plastica, offrendo in questo modo caratteristiche meccaniche più resistenti ma con la stessa sfruttabilità dei materiali di partenza, e come abbiamo visto in un precedente articolo, Gesa Industry punta tutto sull’ingegnerizzazione e l’uso di materiali compositi, ma soprattutto sulla ricerca, per fornire ai propri clienti prodotti sempre competitivi e all’avanguardia.
The most widely used composite materials today, which make up for the shortcomings of classic materials such as aluminium, steel, wood and glass, are reinforced fibre composites which expand the potential of the plastic sector by combining the strength of the fibres with the adaptability of the plastic matrix, thus offering more resistant mechanical characteristics but with the same usability as the original materials, and as we have seen in a previous article, Gesa Industry focuses on the engineering and use of composite materials, but above all on research, to provide its customers with always competitive and cutting edge products .
But what is the future of composite materials?
There are many paths that researchers from all over the world are taking, but all seem to converge on a single point, the use of digital technologies, both in terms of production and accurate forecast of the performance that the final product will provide.
The technology that is most coming forward in recent years is the 3D printing, initially designed for prototype production only, this new approach to production “in house” has the opportunity to revolutionize the market by shifting mass production to a mass customization, if in the not too distant future it should be possible to make it applicable for the creation of functional parts.
In this case, each manufacturer will have the freedom to create every single component from scratch, without any constraints, simplifying the production process and reducing costs, all in a greener perspective than today’s standards.
The refinement of materials, and the use of advanced technologies to produce them, is increasingly fundamental in all fields of transport and Gesa Industry, in the field of train interiors, is proud to contribute to this race into the future.