Aluminum fiber is one of the most commonly used types of fiber in different industries. This material has many advantages. For example, it is durable and can withstand high temperatures. It can also be made easily and is comparatively cheaper. However, this type of fiber is prone to delamination.
In addition, aluminum fiber is a good conductor of electricity, which is useful in some applications. It is also easy to work with, but is susceptible to bending and breaking. Hence, it can be dangerous in some applications.
However, it has the advantage of being lightweight, which is helpful for aircraft. The downside is that it can shatter or deform when exposed to high temperatures.
Aluminum is also a better conductor of heat. Although its strength is not as high as that of carbon fiber, it can still withstand temperatures up to 1200 degrees C.
There is a lot of debate about the comparison of aluminum and carbon fiber. Aside from the strength / mass comparison, it is also important to consider other factors such as oxidation, water absorption and thermal resistance.
Although aluminum is cheaper and easier to work with, its rigidity is less than that of carbon fiber. Therefore, aluminum is not recommended for applications that require high rigidity.
Aluminum can be made into composite laminates through several processes. First, the layer of aluminum is mechanically roughened to improve its flexural strength. Second, the layer is bonded to a PVC polymer to ensure that the material is not damaged by loading. Third, the layer is subjected to a three-point bending test to analyze its behavior under higher shear stress.