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Trains, buses and subways make extensive use of composites in vehicle body panels, air conditioner enclosures and interior parts and components. Increasing demand for lightweighting in this sector offers good opportunity for more composites application.


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Lightweighting a heavyweight

Process combination produces significantly lighter overhead storage bins for big-rig sleeper cabs.
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Part design criteria (2015) CompositesWorld

Designers of composite parts can choose from a huge variety of fiber reinforcements and resin systems. That makes knowledge of how those materials work together a critically important aspect of part development. Here's a short description of what that knowledge entails.

SOURCEBOOK 2015: The online edition CompositesWorld

Welcome to the online SOURCEBOOK, the searchable, updatable, Internet-based counterpart to CompositesWorld's annually published print SOURCEBOOK.

The markets: Pressure vessels (2015) CompositesWorld

High-pressure gas storage vessels represent one of the biggest and fastest-growing markets for advanced composites, as transportation markets demand alternative fuels (CNG and hydrogen) for motive power systems.

The fiber (2015) CompositesWorld

The structural properties of composite materials are derived primarily from the fiber reinforcement. Fiber types, their manufacture, their uses and the end-market applications in which they find most use are described.

Composites 2015: A multitude or markets CompositesWorld

Although the effects of the 2008 global financial downturn are still felt in some sectors, the composites industry, in general, showed health, growth and a renewed focus on innovation.

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