Abstract: Among the major developments in materials in recent year are composite materials, as they offer several outstanding properties as compared to several conventional materials. Composite materials have found increasingly wide applications in aircraft, space vehicles, offshore structures, electronics, automobiles, boats, and sporting goods. Today composite materials have changed all the material engineering. The evolution of composite materials has given an opportunity to various designers to use new and better materials resulting in cost reduction, increase in efficiency and better utilization of available resources. Research and development activities in this area are concerned with improving strength, toughness, stiffness, resistance to high temperature and reliability in service. Many composites materials are composed of just two phases; matrix and dispersed phase.
Keywords: aircraft, space vehicles, offshore structures, electronics, automobiles, composite materials, strength, toughness, stiffness, research.