Features

Ascent Tooling Group ascends via innovation
The world’s largest metal and composite moldmaker has a new name and continues to make a name for itself in closer control of large-part dimensional tolerance.

Building TRUST in bonded primary structures
A DARPA program aims for certification via Bayesian process control system for the factory floor, bounding uncertainty and predicting reliability in real-time.

Editorial

Notes from JEC Europe 2015: Known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns
The composites industry’s largest trade show, JEC Europe, was held March 10-12 in Paris. CW's editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan offers his just-back-from-the-show assessment.

By the Numbers

CW Business Index at 50.5 – Growth slows for second month
Steve Kline, Jr., the director of market intelligence for Gardner Business Media Inc. (Cincinnati, OH, US), the publisher of CompositesWorld magazine, outlines the CW Business Index for February 2015.

Composites: Perspectives and Provocations

Aerospace still matters
CW columnist Dale Brosius is the head of his own consulting company, which serves clients in the composites industry worldwide. Here, he comments on the still prominent role the aerospace industry will have in the automotive industry's integration of composites into its manufacturing mix.

Composites: Past, Present and Future

Automated composites manufacturing, past, present and future
CW guest columnist Rob Sjostedt is a partner and CEO at VectorSum Inc. He recalls his days at Goldsworthy Engineering and reminds CW readers that today’s product requirements are more challenging than ever, and creative new approaches are required.

Applications

Electric ferry runs quietly with composites
Infused sandwich construction hull and superstructure panels offset battery system weight.

Pultruded polyurethane pallets
Composite solution transforms wooden consumable into profit-generating asset.

Rails to trails
Composite deck converts old railroad span to pedestrian trail crossing.

Focus on Design

The building envelope: FRP unitized façades
New composite design reduces framing, simplifies construction and improves performance vs. conventional aluminum-framed glass curtainwalls.

Plant Tour

Weber Manufacturing Technologies: Midland, ON, Canada
With a long, storied history in composites moldmaking, this rare nickel vapor deposition specialist has built a strong niche, making large, high-quality tools.

Products and Literature

· Carbon fiber-reinforced filament for 3D printing

· Fiber sizings for automotive composites

· Materials database software updated

· PET-based structural core

· Portable coordinate measuring machine

· Two-component acrylic adhesive

· Two-component epoxy for aerospace applications

· Vibration analysis software

Sidebar

Plasma treatment as surface preparation for adhesive bonding
Concurrent with the TRUST program's development of process control, it is addressing the need for more robust surface prep. methods.

Work in Progress

PRSEUS update: Hybrid wing body passenger cabin takes shape
NASA calls on composites to enable a paradigm shift in future aircraft aerodynamics.