Here we go! This promises to be the banner year for basalt reinforcement products we have been working towards as more interest and more studies about basalt come in regularly. The results of much testing have proven the superior properties of basalt fibers for those niche applications that need performance, durability and longevity.
We had great results using basalt fiber for cryogenic tanks – please contact me directly if you are interested in more details. CNG tanks will start happening soon.
Ongoing work using basalt chopped fibers and basalt roving in road repairs, roofing and 3D printing are happening. Thermoplastics results showed a 14 percent better tensile strength with the basalt fibers included vs. without. Mixing basalt fibers with other natural fibers is a great natural method to strengthen, lighten and make more renewable products. Hemp for concrete and thermoplastics with basalt chopped or long strand fibers are a perfect combo. I hope the transportation industries pay more attention to this.
Our Bio-mid natural cellulose material with basalt fiber offers all that the transportation companies claim to be looking for – the Holy Grail so to speak – well, here it is folks, come and get it! A beautiful blend, more fire retardant, stronger, totally recyclable options, these cellulose and basalt fibers create only small amounts of CO2 in their production as opposed to hundreds or thousands of pounds created in making synthetic or petroleum based fibers.
Basalt being a ten times better electrical insulator, I hope attracts companies offering such products. One example: Boat construction molds – why use carbon fiber for the boat mold when basalt fabrics we tested had no measurable movement at high temperatures – resulting in many thousands of dollars in savings. Plus, basalt does not conduct like carbon fiber so no shocks to the workers using it and no blown out computers!
Happy New Year!