In recognition of National Composites Week, CompositesWorld is looking back on the top 20 stories of the past decade. These stories are still relevant today and show the impact of composites across time. Are composites essential? The answer in these stories proves to be yes.
High-temperature performance and superior strength properties may make this late-comer a better choice in some applications.
A wealth of low-cost core solutions are available for high-performance sandwich structures.
As the wind energy market continues to grow, competition heats up between glass and carbon fiber composites for turbine blades.
Oven-cured, vacuum-bagged prepregs show promise in production primary structures.
For composite applications, these hollow microstructures displace a lot of volume at low weight and add an abundance of processing and product enhancements.
Applications aren't as demanding as airframe composites, but requirements are still exacting — passenger safety is key.
Composite structures are more vulnerable to damage than metal, but today's LSP products offer proven protection.
Composites Technology Development's first commercial tank in the Type V category presages growth of filament winding in storage of compressed gases.
Fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) replacing coated steel in more reinforced-concrete applications.
Approaching rollout and first flight, the 787 relies on innovations in composite materials and processes to hit its targets
Commercial production of recycled carbon fiber currently outpaces applications for it, but materials characterization and new technology demonstrations promise to close the gap.
Fast-reacting resins and speedier processes are making economical volume manufacturing possible.
Lightweight, hard and stable at high temperatures, CMCs are emerging from two decades of study and development into commercial applications.
Two decades of technical and market development has made this once marginal application a global giant and one of the world’s largest markets for composites.
Naval architects reveal design, tooling and material selection guidelines for a new sportfishing powerboat.
Yes, advanced forms are in development, but has the technology progressed enough to make the business case?
As composites take a larger part (and form larger parts) in the aerospace structures sector, it’s not just a make-it-or-break-it proposition.
Focused on optimizing traditional hand layup, nacelle and thrust reverser manufacturers cast an eye on future use of automation and closed molding.
Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement technologies take a key enabling role in production of today’s — and tomorrow’s — composite-airframed commercial jets.
As the general aviation (GA) segment emerges from the recessionary storm clouds, GA manufacturers and the composites supply chain that supports them should see sunny days … with some clouds and a chance of rain.
The matrix binds the fiber reinforcement, gives the composite component its shape and determines its surface quality. A composite matrix may be a polymer, ceramic, metal or carbon. Here’s a guide to selection.
Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.
Recent technology announcements portend a new era of more efficient blade production.