Trace: A simple, must-have tool
This recently discovered constant in laminate calculations can put designing with CFRP materials on par with designing with metals.


Cooperating on new-generation ground transport
CompositesWorld's editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan shares his observations about the mixture of excitement and anxiety about the future of composite in the auto industry on display at the recent Thermoplastics Composites Conference for Automotive (TCCA), held in the Detroit suburb of Novi, MI, US.

By the Numbers

Gardner Business Index at 49.5 in May
US composites industry employment grows again as mid-sized fabricators post highest-ever GBI expansion figure.

Composites: Perspectives and Provocations

Get ready for Composites 4.0!
It might seem like science fiction, but it must be our path if we are to make composites competitive.

Composites: Past, Present and Future

Recycled carbon fiber: Its time has come
Impressive industry growth puts a new emphasis on the role of carbon fiber recycling.

Composites: Design & Testing

Bearing testing of composites
CW columnist Dr. Dan Adams (Wyoming Test Fixtures, Salt Lake City, UT, US) reviews the available options for testing the bearing strength of mechanically fastened composite joints.


Boeing 787 assembly aided by automated positioning/joining
Massive composite components mated via motion control software.

Focus on Design

Melding aesthetics with structure
A stairwell shroud recently installed on a Michigan university campus could be a bellwether for the expansion of composites into architectural applications previously considered out of reach.

Plant Tour

Carbures, el Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain
On a rapid and audacious growth trajectory, this Tier 2 supplier based on the Iberian Peninsula opens the doors of three foundational facilities near Spain’s aerospace epicenter.

Products and Literature

· Curing oven

· Laser-based surface texturing technology

· Methacrylate adhesive system

· Prepreg, fabric placement tool

· Remote machinery diagnostics

· Restricted substances software enhanced

· Solid Edge CAD software updated


Thermoplastic composites in flight ... for decades
Thermoplastic composite airframe components parts have a surprisingly long history. Here's one of the earliest applications.

Work in Progress

Thermoplastic composite wings on the horizon?
OUTCOME, a project under the Clean Sky 2 program, aims to industrialize out-of-autoclave thermoplastic primary aerostructure.