Meshes

Meshes and their types

A mesh is a barrier made of connected strands of metal, fiber, or other materials. It is similar to a web or a net.

Here are some facts about meshes and their types:

Types of mesh

Depending on the type of material used meshes are of the following types:

  • Plastic meshes are made from polypropylene, polyethylene, nylon, PVC or PTFE.
  • Cloth meshes are made of loosely woven or knitted fabric with a large number of closely spaced holes. Knitted mesh is frequently used for modern sports jerseys and other clothing.
  • Skin graft meshes are skin patches cut systematically to create a mesh.
  • Fiberglass mesh is a neatly woven, crisscross pattern of fiberglass thread used to create products such as filtration components, reinforced adhesive tapes etc.
  • Metal meshes are made of various metals which each give their physical and chemical properties to the mesh, which are then widely used in various industries.

Metal Meshes

Meshes made of metal can be woven, knitted, welded, expanded, photo-chemically etched or electroformed. Some common metals used in making wire meshes are:

  • Stainless steel woven mesh has high resistance to rusting and corrosion and is widely used across many industries
  • Carbon steel woven and welded wire mesh is affordable, versatile, strong and magnetic. It can be galvanized or given a PVC coating or painted for corrosion resistance.
  • Copper mesh is ductile, malleable, durable and has high thermal and electrical conductivity. It is also resistant to atmospheric corrosion; although a green patina forms on exposure. It is attractive and used in many artistic and residential projects.
  • Brass woven wire mesh is soft and malleable, abrasion resistant and has high tensile strength. It has industrial applications but is also used for artistic applications.
  • Bronze mesh is malleable, durable and ductile as well as resistant to atmospheric corrosion.
  • Aluminum woven wire mesh is lightweight, corrosion resistant and affordable. It is used in many industries including aerospace, automotive, marine.

Uses of meshes

Meshes have many uses in the pharmaceutical, artistic and other industries. Some common uses are:

  • Window and door meshes to screen out insects
  • Mesh screens to shield against radio frequency radiation, in Faraday cages.
  • Meshes can be used for shaker screens and fireplace screens
  • Stainless steel woven mesh and nylon wire mesh filters are used in filtration.
  • Surgical mesh is used to provide a reinforcing structure in surgical procedures like inguinal hernioplasty.
  • Meshes are used as drum heads in practice and electronic drum sets.
  • Meshes are used as fencing for livestock or poultry
  • Copper meshes’ are an attractive option for use in gutter guards
  • Meshes are used in mining and coal industries, marine applications, chemical and hydrocarbon processing equipment
  • Meshes can be used in valves, pumps, shafts, fittings.