In the composite space, the right glass fiber sizing can lead to high-strength reinforced plastics because it helps the glass fibers to bond strongly with the plastic matrix. However, identifying the right glass fiber sizing with predictable mechanical strength has been very challenging. Lanxess partners with Citrine Informatics and uses its AI platform to optimize composite formulation, that is, the mixture of glass fiber, sizing, and plastic matrix. From a materials informatics perspective, this is a case of formulation optimization where relatively good results can be achieved without too many data points. Therefore, it is a good space to start using materials informatics.
Source: Lux Research