Design/Simulation

Next-generation composites qualification

Fully digital qualification hasn’t yet arrived, but simulation and analysis software continue to evolve and work together with physical testing practices.
#nextgenaerospace #feature

Digital Demos

Light resin transfer molding

Magnum Venus Products introduces its new Fast Flow light resin transfer molding (LRTM) system, which offers reduced injection times, minimal waste, and minimal post-processing.

SPONSORED

Composite Bonding & Repair Benefits and Solutions

Film and paste adhesives, wet peel-ply and potting compounds enable the aviation industry to utilize advanced materials that contribute to lightweighting, more efficient designs, and improved sustainability.

SAMPE 2021 abstract submission opportunity still open

All are encouraged to submit an abstract for the spring 2021 conference and exhibition. Abstract submission deadline is November 15, 2020.

Aerospace

Victrex, Daher, attain next-gen thermoplastic aircraft panel milestone

The developed panel is a 176-ply laminate, 32-millimeter-thick composite structure and uses Victrex AE 250 PAEK-based thermoplastic composites.   
#nextgenaerospace #paek #outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

Toray annual report anticipates subpar earnings until 2022

Although Toray’s carbon fiber and composite materials segment showed growth in fiscal 2019, pandemic-driven headwinds in fiscal 2020 are steering the company toward wind, UAM and energy-related markets.

Carbon Fibers

Brightlands Materials Center advances continuous fiber 3D printing in Limberg Bike

Other composites innovations include recyclable CFRP connectors, interwoven Dynema/carbon fiber reinforcements and integrating damage sensors into the frame.
#sustainability

VIDEO / PODCASTS

Carbon Fibers | 3 MINUTE READ

Airbus Albatross flapping wing achieves gate-to-gate demonstration

AlbatrossONE demonstrator with 75% longer wing-tips vs. phase one proves freely flapping wing-tips can alleviate wing loads and avoid tip stall for improved aircraft performance.
#airbus

Testing |

AeroVironment completes successful Sunglider HAPS stratospheric test flight

During the 20-hour test flight, the solar-powered high-altitude pseudo-sattelite (HAPS) surpassed 60,000 feet in altitude and demonstrated broadband mobile connectivity.
#uas

CAMX Expo

Episode 32: Gregg Balko, SAMPE

Gregg Balko, CEO of SAMPE since 2004, is retiring on July 1, 2020. CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan talks to Gregg about his tenure at SAMPE, changes he led and how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the trade show and conference business — including SAMPE’s.
#camx #marketing #regulation

Webinar

Emission Control Technologies and Techniques for Composite and Carbon Fiber Manufacturers

Recent developments in air pollution abatement technologies have not only improved destruction capabilities but also allowed producers to reduce operating costs and improve uptime.

CW SPECIAL REPORTS

RTM

Composites 4.0: Digital transformation, adaptive production, new paradigms

An evolving landscape of automation, sensors and AI software is not an end, but a means to achieve the cost, quality, efficiency and agility required for future manufacturing.  
#feature #automation #composites4_0

Aerospace

ZAero project update

The 2019 final review demonstrated integration of an automated CFRP process chain: AFP inline inspection and rework, cure and resin flow sensors, part performance prediction and a decision support tool for line operators.
#a350 #airbus #layup

Digital thread vs. digital twin

Visualizing the difference between digital representations and data flows and understanding the applications that are changing composites manufacturing and business models.
#airbus #autoclave #layup

Composites 4.0: Where to start?

Sensors, IoT platforms, data analytics — the tools for more intelligent, efficient manufacturing abound, but where to start is actually much simpler.
#composites4_0 #Composites101 #specialreport

CW PLANT TOURS

Plant tour: Hexcel, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

The scale, precision, speed and quality of carbon fiber manufacture has evolved substantially since the material’s modern introduction in the late 1960s. Hexcel offers a glimpse of the state of the art today.
#space #windblades #weaving

The building of a composites manufacturing niche

Equipped to meet vertical needs with rapid turnaround, Rock Hill, SC’s Composite Resources has found the sweet spot between prototypers and large composites manufacturers.
#autoclave #workforcedevelopment #aeroengines

Plant Tour: Holland Composites, Lelystad, Netherlands

Balancing performance with affordable production, this industry veteran continues to explore composites’ infinite possibilities.
#windblades #regulation #outofautoclave

Composites Index marks first COVID-era expansion

Expanding new orders, production and employment activity send the Index over 50 for the month of September.
#economics

Aerospace

The Alpha launch vehicle: Designing performance in, cost out

Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha 2.0 launch vehicle, designed to deliver satellites into low Earth orbit, gets a composites makeover in pursuit of larger payload capacity and more cost-effective performance.
#outofautoclave #space #focusondesign

Defense

Bridging the gap between CFRP and CMC

Novel composites offer performance up to 1000°C with faster processing.
#ceramicmatrixcomposites #feature

Thermoplastics

Automated aerocomposites production: Liquid molding or welded thermoplastic?

Two materials and process approaches are demonstrated for CFRP bulkhead production.
#nextgenaerospace #feature #automation

Additive Manufacturing

3D printing with continuous fiber: A landscape

Growth continues in suppliers, part size, production volume and markets.
#feature

Applying CT scan data analysis and visualization to composites

Imaging and analysis via computed tomography (CT) has potential for certifiable safety and business sustainability and could be key for interior inspections of composite parts. Part 1 of a two-part series.
#design-and-testing #composites4_0