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Old 07-04-2017, 11:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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PolyMetal [I]vs[/I] Basalt fiber

Times past I have advocated for PolyMetal as a construction material.

Experiments resulted in my wanting to make a teardrop trailer from it:

However, it comes to my attention that this is the same material used in cladding Grenfell Tower, which burned to the ground! Combustibility may not be a deal-breaker for an airdam, etc., but it is for sleeping inside it. Not a problem for basalt fiber:

Thermal performance: Super-thin basalt fiber

Nano-glass-coating before adding the resin matrix makes it as cool looking as carbon fiber:

Basalt fabric with a touch of glass - Basalt Guru

Strengthening of basalt fibers with nano-SiO 2–epoxy composite coating

So — in summary — forget everything I said about PolyMetal. Thank you.

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