In a reinforced system there are two principal components, a fibre and a matrix. The function of the fibre is to carry the load applied to the system. The matrix is there primarily to transfer the load from the point of application into the load-bearing fibres which have higher strengths and modulus than the matrix. Of particular commercial interest is glass fibre which is a brittle, as opposed to a ductile, fibre. Besides glass there are other reinforcements, asbestos has been used to some extent and more recently carbon fibre has become very well known.
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