Alloys and composites are similar in that they both consist of a mixture of at least two components. However, there are also several characteristics that make them different, and it’ could be important for you to understand these differences before using an alloy or composite for a project.
An alloy is a mixture of two or more components with at least of those two components being a metal. When these two components are put together, they have significantly different qualities than they would if they were on their own. One of the most common examples of an alloy is steel, which is a combination of iron and carbon. The addition of carbon makes steel stronger than iron, and it also changes the hardness ductility, and strength of the resulting alloy. Brass, a combination of copper and zinc, is another common alloy, and what sets it apart from its initial components is that it’s more durable than the copper is and more aesthetically pleasing than zinc.
A composite is, like an alloy, a mixture of two or more components, but it does not include any metal in it. The components are chemically and physically different from one another, and in most cases, they are combined to create a composite that is stronger than the original components would be on their own. Some composites occur naturally, like wood, while others are synthetic. And while alloys can involve either a homogenous or a heterogeneous mixture, composites are always heterogeneous.
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