Glossary Term: Composites

Composites are materials composed of two or more materials with significant differences in chemical or physical properties. These materials, when manufactured, resulting in a product that behaves differently than the individual materials it is composed of. Composites are manufactured to perform highly specialized jobs and functions. Often composites are designed to have greater strength and durability than the individual components. Often, composites are chosen because they offer a variety of benefits at a lower cost than substitute materials.

Commonly composites are seen as structural supports in bridges and buildings, electronics, and cars.

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