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Published: 7/1/2018

Thriving aerospace pioneer builds business in the air and on land
Aerospace tier supplier Kanfit Ltd. is expanding, offering both composite and metal parts for applications in an expanding range of high-performance markets.

Published: 7/1/2018

Shear testing of high-shear strength composite laminates
CW columnist Dan Adams compares three V-notched shear test configurations used to measure the shear stiffness and shear strength of composite materials.

Published: 7/1/2018

Drones: MIT software casts doubt on solar-powered UAVs
A new MIT-developed aircraft modeling software tool called geometric programming optimization —GPkit, for short — reportedly considers about 200 factors and physical models simultaneously, and then integrates them to create an optim...

Published: 6/1/2018

Fiber-optic sensors shed light on the toughest composite design challenges
Designers of composites are learning that if they are to be able to guarantee component and system performance, repeatability and reliability, it is critical that they have access to more sensor and test data.

Published: 3/29/2018

Gripping composite test specimens: Options and guidance
Orthotropic behavior of composites test specimens makes load introduction uniquely challenging.

Published: 2/27/2018

Application of video extensometry to ASTM D 5656
Reliable, reproducible data is central to the design and delivery of cost-effective bonded assemblies.

Published: 12/27/2017

What’s the most important type of mechanical test for composites?
 When the opportunity arises, I like to ask those familiar with composites testing this question: What type of mechanical test do they consider to be the most important for composite materials?

Published: 9/28/2017

Can flexure testing provide estimates of composite strength properties?
Flexure tests are simple to perform, yet the state of stress and failure modes are among the most complex.  

Published: 7/28/2017

CAMX 2017 show preview
At North America’s premier composites conference and exhibition, the business at hand is definitely not business as usual. 

Published: 7/28/2017

Choosing composite material testing methods
An initial step in selecting suitable test methods involves consulting the available test literature.