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Synstone Fibre Reinforced Composite Material

Synstone fibre reinforced concrete composite materials consist of high strength glass fibre embedded in a cementitious matrix. In this form, both fibres and matrix retain their physical and chemical identities, yet they produce a combination of properties that cannot be achieved with either of the constituents acting alone. In general, fibres are the principal load- carrying members, while the surrounding matrix keeps them in the desired locations and orientation, acting as a load transfer medium between them, as well as protecting them from environmental damage. In fact, the fibres provide reinforcement for the matrix and other useful functions in fibre reinforced composite materials.

Glass fibres can be incorporated into a matrix either in continuous lengths or in discontinuous (chopped) lengths. The most common form, in which fibre reinforced composites are used in structural application, is called a laminate. This is achieved by stacking a number of thin layers of fibres and matrix until reaching the desired thickness. The fibre orientation in each layer can be controlled to achieve a wide range of physical and mechanical properties for the composite laminate.

The design of glass fibre reinforced concrete panels proceeds from a knowledge of its basic properties. Tensile, compressive, bending and shear forces, coupled with estimates of behaviour under secondary loading can influence effects such as creep, thermal, and moisture movement.

With Synstone’s proprietary formula, the panel’s tensile, flexural and impact strength increases, producing the strongest concrete panels available anywhere in the world. Our panels have unmatched exterior durability, resistance to ultra-violet light, acid rain, salt and freeze thaw. Synstone concrete cladding panels also boast flexural and impact strengths unheard of in the world of concrete.

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