Before we head on over to how important place a glass ceramic hold in the automobile industry, it is very important to know exactly what glass ceramics is. So let’s get right to it!
What is the glass ceramics?
The official name for glass ceramics is ceramic composite. It is a homogenous mixture that is synthetically prepared where two or more materials are bound together. In the case of glass composite, the reinforcing material is called the fiber while the binding material is termed as the matrix.
A few characteristics that make glass-ceramics the perfect material for extensive use in the automobile sector:
- Ideal weight to strength ratio
- Impressive resistance to electrical charge – both static charge caused by air drag and alternating or direct current
- Impeccable resistance to natural elements as well as chemical elements
- It is highly resistant to natural wear and corrosion.
Benefits of using glass ceramics in the automobile sector
Using glass composite can improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles
Glass composite is obviously less in weight when compared to its metallic counterparts. Now if you consider simple science, if a vehicle is light in weight, an engine will need less power to move it forward. Get the idea!?
Vehicles can be made safer using glass composite
Vehicles can be made safer when one uses glass composite to manufacture them by reducing post-crash damage.
Vehicles can enhance their aerodynamic abilities using glass composite – Refined aerodynamics enable vehicles to experience less air drag when they are playing on the road. This can be better achieved when manufacturers would start using glass composite for making their vehicles.
A deeper insight into the role of glass composite in the automobile sector
Automobile manufacturers are always racing to find solutions that would allow them to churn out innovative products that are high on technology, cost-efficient, safe and leaves less carbon footprint. Using composite material grants all of these enabling manufacturers to make vehicles that are strong, safe, reliable and long-lasting.
Glass composite is currently used to manufacture the following:
- Electrical components such as sensors, ICs, and the likes.
A bright future for glass composite applications in the automobile sector
PMC or better known as polymer matrix compositesis a derivative of glass composite material. It poses serious competition against metal and alloys that are the staple materials for manufacturing automobiles and its parts.
If current statistical projections are correct then one can expect to see around a 10 percent increase in the use of composite materials in the automobile sector. This is impressive, to say the least!
One needs to keep in mind that not only automobile manufacturers will be benefiting from this shift, but OEMs of Original Equipment Manufacturers will also enjoy the competitive edge they would need to stay ahead of their ever-increasing number of competitors.
The advanced glass-ceramic composite material is widely accepted across the global automobile sector due to its robustness and reliability. On top of that, the material has shown exceptional electrical as well as thermal properties. It makes the material simply the best to manufacture electrical components and sensors that most, if not all, modern vehicles are loaded with. All in all, as mentioned in the above sections in this blog, the glass-ceramic composite material has a bright future to look forward to.