International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 4, Issue 5, Part E (2018)
Basalt fibre has opened a new chapter in technical textiles
SM Farhana Iqbal
Cast basalt liners for steel tubing shows very high abrasion resistance in various industrial applications. A hard, dense, inert rock found worldwide, basalt is an igneous rock, which is solidified volcanic lava. In recent years, continuous basalt fibers extruded from naturally fire-resistant basalt are attracted attention as a replacement for asbestos fibers. In the last decade, basalt has emerged as a contender in the fiber reinforcement of composites. Some manufacturer of basalts claims it offers performance similar to S-2 glass fibers at a price point between S-2 glass and E-glass, and may offer manufacturers a less-expensive alternative to carbon fiber. Basalt fibre (BF) is capable to withstand very high temperature and can act as fire blocking element. This wide range of possible applications results from its wide range of good properties. Basalt has good thermal, electrical and sound insulating properties. It can replace asbestos in almost all its possible applications (insulation) since the former has three times the latter’s heat insulating properties.
How to cite this article:
SM Farhana Iqbal. Basalt fibre has opened a new chapter in technical textiles. International Journal of Applied Research. 2018; 4(5): 289-296.