View the digital edition: View Digital Edition
Browse recent and past articles in the compositesworld article vault
Structural adhesives, Part II: Aerospace
Tried-and-true legacy epoxies are a must for aerospace composites, but usage is increasing with improved forms.
The emerging commercial space industry
A decade since NASA opened extraterrestrial space to potential use as a commercial industry workplace, CW traces the role composites have played in public/private progress toward that goal.
2016 end of summer book report
CW's Jeff Sloan takes a closer look at three books that focused on the creative application of design engineering and materials to achieve a specific goal.
By the Numbers
Gardner Business Index at 48.6 in July
Future capital spending plans measure up 53% compared with the same time period in 2015.
Composites: Perspectives and Provocations
The power of personal connections
CW columnist and IACMI chief commercialization officer Dale Brosius suggests that composites industry “old-timers” need to figure out a better way to connect to the generations that are entering the composites workforce.
Composites: Past, Present and Future
History, myths and urban legends of pultrusion
CW guest columnist and composites industry pultrusion consultant David E. Green tells us that many interesting stories have been told about the early days of pultrusion, and some of them are true.
Composites: Design & Testing
Increasing the industrial adoption of composites additive manufacturing
The additive manufacturing industry has challenged the design community to develop an efficient product engineering platform where the barriers between design, optimization and simulation would be broken and optimized parts could be explored in the design environment.
Rail line landmark restoration via pultrusion
Composites’ corrosion resistance prolongs handrail/fencing lifespan.
Focus on Design
3D printed composite parts provide solution for UAV
New technology uses long carbon fibers to boost strength and stiffness for small yet high-performance aircraft.
Nanocomp Technologies Inc., Merrimack, NH, US
Its millimeter-length macro CNTs are finally realizing their commercial composites potential, with spacecraft applications leading the way.
Products and Literature
The emerging commercial space industry: Google’s Lunar XPRIZE
This sidebar to the September 2016 feature story on the emerging commercial space industry focuses on Google’s Lunar XPRIZE.
The emerging commercial space industry: Habitats and CubeSats
This sidebar to the September 2016 feature story on the emerging commercial space industry focuses on Habitats and CubeSats.
Work in Progress
Breathing-mold process yields sandwich composite from LFT
In-cavity foaming and controlled mold-opening technique creates core and faceskins from a single injection molded material, reducing part mass and boosting performance.
Carbon/epoxy Cadillac hood
Automated process for prepreg hood inner/outer cuts weight by 20% and yields Class A exterior out of the autoclave.