1. Basalt continuous fibre (basalt roving)

Basalt fibers are effective substitute for fiberglass and ecologically adverse asbestos and are also substitute for natural and chemical fibers in duck fabrics. Materials and articles with the warp of basalt fibers and threads considerably exceed usually used fibrous materials and articles of them in properties and technical parameters like low volume mass, wide temperature range for application (-260°C/+700°C), hygroscopicity (ten times lower than fiberglass and other fibers have), high resistance towards alkalis, acids and other aggressive conditions, low thermal conductivity, high sound absorption etc.

Contemporary technology, cheap raw materials, high mechanic, heat and electro insulation, sound-proofing, filtering and other properties of basalt fibers and articles from them stipulate their being substantially required in all industrial branches: aircraft, radioelectronic, petrochemical, car- and ship-building, electro- and heat power.

OJSC Research Institute "Glassplastics and fiber" can supply you with following outputs:
Basalt roving (BR) and Basalt roving's cut (CB) ТУ У 6-005761672.159, sanitary resolution № 3.10/32813 of 13.09.2002. Roving is an untwisted strand, which consists of a great number of approximately parallel complex threads.

Complex basalt thread is a thread, which consists of simple fibers 8/24 micrometers in diameter connected by means of glue substance, contained in oiler.

Basalt fiber in comparison with fiberglass (E glass) has some benefits:

  • higher chemical stability under acid and above all alkali conditions;
  • 1.4 - 1.5 times higher durability modulus;
  • 8 - 10 times less hygroscopic.


Chemical stability of rough fiber (weight-loss % after boiling during 3 hours) Basalt fiber E glass fiber
in Н2О 1.6 6.2
in 2NaOH 2.75 6.0
in 2NHCl 2.2 38.9

Continuous fiber products: Rovings for shaped basalt plastics manufacture (structures of a various configuration), rods O4 - 60 mm, basalt plastic reinforcement, pipes and tanks (winding method), composition materials (spraying method), reinforcing roving fabrics for manufacture of glass plastics; soft roofing, cladding and roofing materials backing, geotextile materials (nets, cloths) for roadway covering reinforcement, bank and embankment consolidation, materials, perforated by needles, for sound-proofing and heat-insulation, fibers for concrete reinforcement, friction materials etc.

Technical characteristics:

  • Average diameter of an elementary fiber, micron 17;
  • Linear density of a complex string, tex 170;
  • Linear density of roving, tex 2800;
  • Explosive loading of roving (not less), Н (kgp) 500 ( 50 );
  • Mass fraction of a moisture (not less), % 3.0;
  • Length of cuts, mm 640;
  • Thermal conductivity, W/mК
    - at temperature 398 (125 °C) 0.064 
                               573 (300°C ) 0.096

Temperature of application, °C - from - 250 up to +700. 
Roving is made of oiler on the poly vinyl acrylic emulsion basis.

Knitted cloths from basalt roving


Application: for the filtration of gases and aggressive liquids, as reinforcing, sound-proof material in composite materials.


surface density, g/m2 500…2000;
Thickness, mm 0.5…6;
Width, mm 1000

1.2 Cord from basalt roving (ShTB)


Heat insulation and sound proofing of thermal equipment, filtration of aggressive conditions and corrosive gases. Also can be used as gasket element in heat exchangers, as resistant to acids and moisture reinforcement in composition materials.

Peculiarities of materials from basalt fiber: high chemical resistance to alkalis, acids and other aggressive conditions, low coefficient of thermal conductivity, high coefficient of sound proofing etc.

Properties (ShTB):


Thermal conductivity, W/m °C
at 25°С 0.050
at 125°С 0.080
at 300°С 0.092
Dimensions, mm Ø5 10x10 15x15 20x20
Rupture load, kgp (N),
not less
100 (1000) 130 (1300) 220 (2200) 350 (3500)
Nominal mass, g/m 30 50 100 150
Lengthening at rupture, %, not less 30 35 40 45
Working temperature, °C 750
Thickness, mm* 8…50
Width, mm* 8…500
Length, mm unlimited


* Cords dimensions can be changed according to Customer's request

Cords from basalt roving are perfect substitutes for asbestos in thermal and friction machinery

Mesh basalt cloths (PSB-D) - geotextile material


Geotextiles are widely used in way construction. Applied geotextiles for reinforcing way coverings are highly durable. Geotextiles are widely used in reinforcing of slopes, ways, embankments, dams, in revegetation (of ravines, open pits, etc), erosive protection of lands, antilandslides etc. Geotextiles made by conquers are made of chemical and glass fibers using special impregnation solutions.

Because of tightening market requirements NIISV developed native geotextiles and launched the manufacture of: basalt fiber fabric NP-550 (needle - sewed linen, density 550 g/m2); PSB-D (Mesh basalt cloths for road construction).

reinforcing of road coverings (PSB-D laid between macadam pour and asphalt concrete coat, NP-550 laid between macadam and sand pours) for reinforcing of embankments, slopes, waste banks, antilandslides, erosive protection, recultivation etc. Through net PSB-D, that is laid on the land surface and fixed, grass, trees and bushes grow. Such a reinforcing method is the most effective and meet the most strong ecological requirements, non-pollute.

The basalt fiber geotextiles have a number of advantages: they are made of natural raw material (natural chemical composition provides chemical stability and resistance), non-inflammable, can carry out distributed load, the cost is 4-5 lower.

Performances of materials:

  • PSB-D;
  • Braking load (not less than), kN edgewise 30;
  • longwise 20;
  • Density, gr/m2 350±50;
  • Impregnation with special composition K( provides even higher durability and stability);
  • Impregnation with special composition K.

The tests were operated by UkrDorNII (UkrRoad Science Research Insitute). The materials were used in section of highway Kiev- Odessa. The test confirmed the effectiveness of the applying. Preliminary calculations and gained experience shows that the geotextiles reduce the probability of cracking, slumping, holes, pits on road coat; the durability is 1.5-2 times higher. The reinforcing materials have no analogs in Ukraine.

Thread-stitched fibre-glass cloth of NPE, NPE-O.

Appearance non-woven material consisting of two basalt-roving (glass-roving) systems easily placed on each other, festened with stitching thread by "tricot" weave. Threads of chemical or synthetic fiber (kapron, poly propylene) are used as broach threads.

Application to manufacture roll and structural basalt (glass)- reinforced plastics, heat-insulating materials.

Performances of materials:

Temperature of application, °C - from - 250 up to +700 
Width, m - from 1 up to 2,05 
Density, gr/m2 - from 150 up to 500

On the request of the customer the material may be unidirectional and of various density. 
Thread-stitched fibre-glass cloth production is economically efficient as:

  • high labour productivity and low products cost are provided;
  • process cycle is reduced due to transitions number decrease;
  • working areas are decreased:
  • application of raw material not used in textile industry is possible.