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Other types of fibers are used in polymer composites and impart special properties. Table 1.4 lists many of these along with typical properties and uses. See Chapter 3 for a more thorough description of these fibers.

1.2.2 Resins

Polymer composites get their name from the type of matrix or binder used to hold the fibers together to make a solid material of designed properties. The most important function of the polymer matrix is to allow the fibers to share the loads. This requires that the matrix be more flexible than the fiber and be attached in

TABLE 1.4 Miscellaneous Fibers
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