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Composites

Aerogels can be combined with other materials to obtain improved products. The resulting aerogel composites combine the positive properties that can lead to increased mechanical stability, which is often achieved through fiber or honeycomb reinforcement. There are many possibilities in the choice of both aerogel and the partner, allowing for example the combination of organic aerogels with inorganic materials and vice versa.

Images: paper reinforced silica aerogel (top right), fiber reinforces silica aerogel ceramic (top left), aerogel honeycomb composite on silica and resorcinol-formaldehyde basis (bottom left), cellulose aerogel reinforced polymere (CARP, bottom right).