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Published: 3/29/2018

To the Moon and Mars?
Irrespective of what launch vehicles provide transport for colonization efforts to the Moon or Mars, advanced composites are sure to play an enabling role.

Published: 3/28/2018

JEC World 2018: The highlights
JEC World is the composites industry’s largest trade show and did not disappoint this year.

Published: 3/22/2018

Composites – A neophyte’s quandary
An oft-cited concern is that new engineers are not exposed to composites as part of their materials science courses.

Published: 2/27/2018

Consolidating thermoplastic composite aerostructures in place, Part 2
Thermoplastic composite structures could eliminate the autoclave and fasteners, but will a one- or two-step process prevail?

Published: 2/7/2018

General aviation: Reconceiving the personal plane
Enabled by FAA rule changes, small plane manufacturers today are moving beyond the private “pleasure” craft to cutting-edge technologies engineered to offer an affordable means to avoid urban gridlock.

Published: 1/29/2018

I want to say two words to you: “Thermoplastic tapes”
Thermoplastic tapes are not new to composites, but they soon will join the primary aerostructures material palette and could be their future.

Published: 1/29/2018

JEC World 2018 Preview
The JEC World trade show and conference, the largest composites event in the world, will be held at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, near Charles de Gaulle airport, outside Paris, France.

Published: 1/29/2018

Consolidating thermoplastic composite aerostructures in place, Part 1
After more than 30 years of development, in-situ consolidation is nearing its promise to eliminate fasteners and the autoclave, and enable an integrated, multifunctional airframe.

Published: 1/29/2018

Thermoplastic composite demonstrators — EU roadmap for future airframes
There is a TPC development roadmap in Europe, supported by Airbus and a variety of aerospace consortia, and involving almost every major aerostructures supplier in Europe.

Published: 11/13/2017

Plant tour: Diamond Aircraft Austria, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Composites use among general aviation manufacturers is far from unusual, but none apply them quite like this airframer does.