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Published: 1/2/2012

Redesigning for simplicity and economy
Military OEM makes the switch from sandwich construction to compression molding to optimize composite aerospace part.

Published: 6/1/2011

Thermoplastic composites: Sustainable transport
Cyclic PBT oligomers used to mold Class 8 semitrailer bed via vacuum-bag processing.

Published: 1/1/2011

GKN A350 spar program update
Automated fiber placement to replace established tape laying/drape forming process for the composite rear spars on the new midsize commercial passenger jet.

Published: 1/1/2011

CFRP upgrades economy seating
First aircraft seat to use visible CFRP revolutionizes aesthetics and comfort.

Published: 8/31/2010

SQRTM enables net-shape parts
New out-of-autoclave process combines resin transfer molding with prepregs for complex helicopter part prototype.

Published: 6/1/2010

In search of a better ride
Composites minimize weight on this mountain bike’s unconventional, single-sided front-wheel suspension system.

Published: 4/1/2010

Orion re-entry system: Composites displace metal
World’s largest heat shield updates metal design with out-of-autoclave process.

Published: 2/2/2010

New twist in cycling: A truss bikers can trust
An "open tube" alternative to the solid-tube bike frame.

Published: 7/20/2009

Corvette's carbon hood creates shock and awe
North America’s first mass-produced, all-CFRP hood raises the bar for production sports cars.

Published: 5/17/2009

Challenge of engineering retrofit blades
 Myriad interrelated design factors are considered in new blades for turbines originally built for high-wind regimes.