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Every paradigm-shifting invention throughout human history has been met with skepticism. CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan says the composites industry has need of those willing to attempt what most believe impossible.
Improving laminates through anisotropy and homogenization
Dr. Stephen Tsai, professor research emeritus in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at Stanford University, discusses the merits of unbalanced (anisotropic) layers in composite laminates.
Purging conservatism from composite designs
Craig Collier, president of Collier Research Group (Hampton, Va.) says cross-discipline software interconnectivity will unlock the full potential of composites.
Future multifunctional structures: Composites needed
Barton Bennett (Odyssian Technology, South Bend, Ind.) discusses multifunctional systems that will soon integrate composite structures with sensors, mechanisms and subsystems.
The digital thread: Transformation to automation
Dr. Leslie Cohen traces the “digital thread” on which automation of composites fabrication processes depends.