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Compression molding: New materials and markets
From multifunctional aircraft interiors to compounds using continuous fabrics to the growing use of recycled carbon fiber – compression molding offers new opportunities.
SMC is on the upswing (and check out this design competition)
There’s a lot going on with sheet molding compound (SMC) right now, including a design competition for best SMC design, with the winner announced at Composites Europe.
Acell roofing and panel systems: A revolution in construction
Acell’s patented molding technology combines sheet molding compound (SMC) skins and a core of frangible yet fire-resistant phenolic foam.
Owens Corning donates fiberglass composites for restoration at Pearl Harbor
This program will restore the historic Battleship Row mooring quays, while helping U.S. Army personnel transition to civilian jobs.
Reversibly crosslinking thermoset-thermoplastic hybrid polymers
Evonik’s new system delivers crosslinked performance of epoxies below 100°C, processing benefits of thermoplastics above 170°C.
The resurgence of GLARE
Airbus pursues fiber metal laminates for future narrowbody construction, citing cost, weight, repair and lightning strike benefits.
Thermoplastic composites suspension featured on racecar
The Polystrand GT-Lite racecar recently completed its third racing weekend at the SCCA Majors event in Pueblo, Colo.
VABO Composites: Dutch innovator excels in diverse applications
From yacht masts and ship doors to front loader buckets and architectural projects, VABO uses resin infusion and ingenuity to push composites forward vs. metals.
Composites in tornado shelters
A new design aims to defeat the threat from debris, both as heavy piles preventing exit and as projectiles traveling at ballistic speeds.
Disruptive composite infrastructure
FiberCore Europe claims the "Holy Grail" of delamination-resistant FRP bridge and infrastructure components with its patented InfraCore technology.