Composites in Sports
Composite materials are now being used extensively in sporting equipment. In this assignment, you will choose ONE particular piece of sporting equipment made from composites and write a short essay about it.
Make sure you include:
A description of each component phase in the composite material used in your chosen piece of sporting equipment. (10 Marks) Describe, in terms of the chemical and physical structure of each phase, why these materials are appropriate for this particular application. Describe any major advantages and disadvantages of each component phase. A description of how your chosen piece of sporting equipment is manufactured. (10 marks) Start from reinforcement and matrix phases as manufactured and describe how they are combined into a composite material and how this is shaped into the sporting equipment. (It is not necessary to describe how each individual phase is manufactured.) Describe how the manufacturing technique used provides the properties required for this particular application. Describe any major advantages and disadvantages for the manufacturing technique used. Something interesting to set your essay apart from the others! (5 marks) Example #1: A description of the history of development of composites in your chosen sport. Example #2: A description of how a particular sports-person or team uses composite materials in an innovative way in your chosen sport.