The matrix material binds the fiber reinforcement, gives the composite component its shape and determines the quality of its surface. A matrix can be polymeric, ceramic or metallic. Polymer matrices are the most widely used for composites in commercial and high-performance aerospace applications.
Bus station pavilion: A marriage of design and manufacture
Architectural design studio and boatbuilder cooperate to make this passenger terminal "first" a first-class showpiece.
IBEX 2013 Show Review
Evidence of a marine industry rebound and a trend toward supplier M&A as the world’s largest boatbuilding trade show looks ahead to smoother sailing … and Tampa.
COMPOSITES 2012 Highlights
As ACMA’s annual conclave convened in North America’s gambling capital, show exhibitors and attendees placed their bets on better days.
Show highlights: ACMA's COMPOSITES 2012
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) hosted the COMPOSITES 2012 conference and trade show Feb. 21-23 in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. CompositesWorld was there and offers highlights of presentations and new products.
Barrier coats in pool production
Barrier coats protect fiberglass swimming pools from invasive water-treatment chemicals.
Bulk Molding Compounds Inc. (BMCI, West Chicago, Ill.) has transferred Hakan Unsal, late of BMCI’s German division, BMC Europe (BMCE), to BMC TetraDURTurkey, its new production facility in Istanbul, Turkey, where he will be the general manager ... Lectra (Paris, France) has appointed Adriana Vono Papavero to the position of managing director of Lectra South America.
News Briefs: Feb. 1, 2011
Ceramaterials moves headquarters to Port Jervis, N.Y.; Delta Composites wins small business award; Barry Ashton joins HK Research sales team; PPG glass qualified for aerodyn wind blades; Royal Engineered Composites completes fifth Nadcap audit; Seco Tools offers Feb. 8 machining seminar.
Low-Hap Marine Gel Coats
HD Series Marine Gel Coats, a new line from HK Research Corp. (Hickory, N.C.), are based on HK’s proprietary acrylic-modified, 100 percent NPG/isophthalic polymer backbone and are formulated to meet the need for high-quality exterior marine gel coat applications. The HD Series gel coats have hazardous air pollutant
Composites Recreate Ultimate Alien
Largest-ever theme park ride icon comes to life in glass/epoxy laminates.