Infusion

Webinar presentation: Next-Generation Composites Materials and Processes (July 2020)

CompositesWorld hosted on July 28, 2020, a webinar titled, “Next-Generation Composite Materials and Processes.” If you missed the live webinar, you can watch the recording or download a PDF of the presentation.
#nextgenaerospace #spiritaerosystems #wingoftomorrow

Wind/Energy

FASTIGUE: Empowering digital twins of large-scale composite structures

A 3D finite element technique to resolve the fidelity-versus-speed dilemma of performing fatigue analysis for large composite structures.
#composites4_0 #infrastructure #uas

SPONSORED

INEOS Composites Drives Industry Forward with Ashland Acquisition

Those in the composites industry will now find trusted brand names and products they love from Ashland under the new INEOS Composites umbrella. Here’s what they can find.

Aerospace

LMAT software reduces complex aerospace mold tool lead time

By incorporating this mathematical modeling software, Kaman UK has reduced lead time by up to 30%.

Design/Simulation

UMaine develops collaborative floating offshore wind demo project

The floating offshore wind demonstration project will reduce Maine’s overdependence on imported fossil fuels, produce more than $150 million in total economic output and create hundreds of jobs.
#trends #sustainability

Materials

ELG Carbon Fibre, Aerocircular N.V. develop closed-loop recycling for EoL aircraft

The initiative estimates that only one-tenth of the energy typically required when producing virgin carbon fiber will be used.
#sustainability #trends

Wind/Energy

Gurit supports Indian Wind Energy industry with major investments

The company is investing more than 20 million CHF to set up a core material kitting factory and production site for blade molds, core material extrusion operation and more.
#windblades

VIDEO / PODCASTS

Carbon Fibers | 3 MINUTE READ

Electroimpact’s 6-axis continuous fiber 3D printer, one part of future multi-functional manufacturing cell

The Scalable Composite Robotic Additive Manufacturing (SCRAM) system 3D prints with continuous fiber tape or filament and seamlessly swaps end effectors for large-scale pellet deposition and CNC machining.
#trends #outofautoclave

Aerospace |

Lilium, Toray reach carbon fiber supply agreement

Toray will provide carbon fiber directly to Lilium during development of the Lilium Jet eVTOL craft, and then to suppliers during prototyping and production. Includes video of Lilium Jet test flight.
#sustainability

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

Large Format Tooling Applications

Learn the current opportunities that exist in the tooling market for larger format additive manufacturing; design, materials and processing requirements needed to fabricate a quality tool; and challenges faced in the industry to further LFAM adoption.

CW SPECIAL REPORTS

Epoxies

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming

Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.
#autoclave #boeing #darpa

Molds/Tools

RAPM development with PtFS

Boeing-led program explores rapid part cycles using automated, 180-channel thermal control molding cell for infusion, thermoset prepreg and thermoplastic composites.
#autoclave #boeing #darpa

Manufacturing the complex geometry parts of RAPM

Boeing-led program explores simulation, tooling, preforming and molding approaches to lower composites part cost.
#specialreport #autoclave #boeing

Compression Molding

Novel prepreg for compression molding in RAPM

Solvay and Boeing combine aerospace performance with process knowledge for high-rate, low-cost composites production.
#autoclave #automation #boeing

CW PLANT TOURS

The first composite fuselage section for the first composite commercial jet

Spirit AeroSystems was an established aerospace supplier when it earned that distinction, winning the contract for the Boeing 787’s Section 41. Now its sights are set on the next generation of aircraft.
#outofautoclave #787 #weaving

Carving a niche via the new, the different and the difficult

Van Horn Aviation seized a real opportunity in helicopter blades, with little composites acumen but big desire. The rest is history worth reading.
#autoclave #weaving #ndi

Plant Tour: RUAG Space, Decatur, Alabama, U.S.

Out-of-autoclave composites manufacturing facility comes of age with first U.S.-made composite structures for the Atlas V launcher, and qualification parts for the Vulcan.
#sustainability #adhesives #autoclave

Composites Index reading remains unchanged from May

June’s readings remain the same as quickening supplier deliveries offset improvement in new orders and production.
#economics

Defense

Leonardo and CETMA: disrupting composites for lower cost and environmental impact

Italian OEM and tier supplier Leonardo works with CETMA R&D to develop new composite materials, machines and processes, including induction welding for in-situ consolidation of thermoplastic composites.
#787 #nextgenaerospace #outofautoclave

Seeking inspiration in a virtual environment

In an increasingly digital world, how far can the virtual environment take us? Only so far, Dale Brosius says. At some point, we have to get real. 
#perspectives-and-provocations #a380 #space

Carbon Fibers

Autonomous agricultural robot supported by composite components

3D-printed carbon fiber-filled composite components enable a robotic weeding system prototype intended to replace use of chemical herbicides.
#sustainability

Carbon Fibers

The industrialization of thermoplastic epoxy

Fast-processing composites that are strong yet tough, thermoformable, reformable, recyclable and even FST-compliant save cost in aircraft and rail equipment.
#workinprogress #regulation #aramidfiber

Automotive

Corvette, yesterday and today

The Corvette has changed much in 67 years, but its appeal is enduring.
#editorial #generalmotors