Why We Should Use Corrosion-Resistant Composite Fasteners
Nuts, bolts and screws are common fasteners that must deal with many types of corrosion due to their use in a variety of applications. However, composite materials have the ability to take corrosion out of the equation for these products.
Benefits of corrosion-resistant composite fasteners
Fasteners are important to the world because they literally hold it together in many cases, but the traditional steel nuts, bolts, screws and other fasteners have a hard time withstanding the effects of corrosion. Indeed, corrosion of steel fasteners can lead to a wide range of consequences, such as disfiguring rust trails all the way to structural failure.
There are plenty of corrosives that successfully attack metal fasteners. One of the most common of these corrosion producing substances is water. Indeed, natural rainwater has a high corrosion potential, even without being polluted by acids as it so commonly is today. Seawater is another form of water that offers significant corrosion challenges to fasteners used in marine applications.
Another of the common substances that can lead to degrading corrosion in metal fasteners is chemicals. Even in everyday objects, such as picnic tables, metal fasteners must deal with an increasing amount of contact with chemicals thanks to air and rain pollution.
Thanks to composite fasteners, corrosion in fasteners is now a thing of the past. Composite fasteners are available for a wide variety of applications, including infrastructure and industrial applications like sewage treatment plants and chemical plants as well as everyday applications like deck screws and outdoor furniture fasteners. Other common applications include use in aerospace structures and marine structures.
Composite fasteners have a significant number of benefits when compared to metal fasteners. For one thing, they will not rust like traditional metal fasteners, so the disfiguring rust trails on decks and other exterior structures simply won’t happen. Another benefit that composite fasteners offer is that they lower the chance of structural failure, which is critical to outdoor, indoor and vehicle structures. These composite products also offer benefits that include increasing the useful life of a structure and lowering maintenance frequency and costs.
In addition to the corrosion resistance benefits offered by composite fasteners, these products offer other benefits as well. Some of these other benefits of composite fasteners include:
- They are one-quarter the weight of steel fasteners
- They won’t conduct electricity or heat into the structure they support
- Their tensile strength is much higher than steel fasteners
With all of the benefits offered by the corrosion resistance of composite fasteners, as well as the other benefits they offer, these products will only continue to find more and more uses in a variety of sectors.
Composites One is the number one composite materials distributor in North America
Having a reliable source of composite materialsis critical for any business that makes composite products, whether they’re composite fasteners or any of a thousand other composite components. The team at Composites One can help you with all of your composite material supply needs thanks to the thousands of products we have in stock from more than 600 suppliers. We can also offer your business the benefit of easy access to the composite materials you need thanks to our 41 conveniently-located supply centers across the United States and Canada.
Contact the Composites One team today to find out more about the composite materials and other services we can offer you.
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