KELLS, Ireland, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mafic announces the completion of testing on basalt fabric demonstrating the impressive strength and stiffness of basalt fiber in composites. Results show Mafic Basalt Fiber composite has a specific strength that is typically 50% higher and a specific stiffness which is 25% higher than similar glass composite. Additionally the interlaminar shear strength, a measure of the fiber matrix adhesion, is shown to be excellent, half way between similar glass and carbon composites in the same resin system.
The results show Mafic Basalt as the perfect material to bridge the price/performance gap between glass and carbon composites.
"We believe these results further demonstrate the value of basalt fiber," says Jeff Thompson, Head of Marketing at Mafic. "Our customers have seen fantastic results using our products; we are seeing expanding adoption of basalt where customers are looking to reduce mass, or improve stiffness and strength of their composite products without the costs of using carbon fiber."
For more information about Mafic, basalt fiber or these test results, please email Info@mafic.com or visit Mafic at the JEC in Paris March 8th-10th, Booth K82.
Privately held Mafic SA was formed in 2012 for the production of advanced materials for the composite industry. Mafic has manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe producing continuous and chopped high quality Basalt Fiber in addition to Long Fiber Thermoplastic (LFT) resins.