CW BLOG

Glass Fibers

The markets: Industrial (2021)

By: Jeff Sloan

Composites often must meet a certain aesthetic in applications where the consumer is the end user. But fiber-reinforced materials are just as valuable in industrial applications where corrosion resistance, high strength and durability are the performance drivers.
#feature #layup #multitudeofmarkets

Epoxies

Multifunctional epoxy formulations show potential for future composite manufacturing

By: Hannah Mason

Study results from Swinburne University show highly increased cure time as well as reduced cure temperatures. Further research hopes to enable faster, higher-volume composites 3D printing and other processes.

Reinforcements

The markets: Civil infrastructure (2021)

By: Ginger Gardiner

Composites are slated for growth in bridges, water treatment systems, rebar and other concrete reinforcement, offering longer service life, competitive costs and improved sustainability.
#frprebar #feature #infrastructure

Design & Tooling

Testia releases multi-method acquisition system for NDT inspection methods

By: Grace Nehls

Multi-method UE1 Box, phased array U32 Box and SKD architecture improve activity efficiency and meets technical specifications on a flexible, cost-effective platform.
#ndi #airbus

Materials

The markets: Aerospace (2021)

By: Jeff Sloan

The coronavirus pandemic, a once-in-a-millennia global catastrophe, has depressed commercial air travel in unprecedented and disastrous ways. Implications start with the airlines themselves and trickle down to major airframers and the entire tier structure of the aerospace supply chain.
#boeing #nextgenaerospace #spiritaerosystems

Materials

CFP Composites launches low-cost, carbon fiber laminate that processes like metal

By: Grace Nehls

The BM-5 laminate board can be screwed, tapped, fastened, bonded and painted just like a metal, and requires no prepreg, layout or curing. It also has a comparable cost to metal, removing operator and financial barriers to adopt carbon fiber.

Markets

The markets: Utility infrastructure (2021)

By: Hannah Mason

Corroded metal infrastructure continues to be a problem, and composite materials, including new advancements in graphene nanotubes, are providing solutions. 
#feature #infrastructure #cuttingtools

Reinforcements

The markets: Renewable energy (2021)

By: Hannah Mason

Wind energy continues to dominate in this segment and remains the world’s largest market for glass fiber-reinforced composites.
#feature #outofautoclave #siemensgamesa

Injection/Overmolding

SourceBook 2021

By: Jeff Sloan

Welcome to the online SourceBook, the counterpart to CompositesWorld's annually published print SourceBook composites industry buyer's guide.
#adhesives

Thermoplastics

Episode 35: Lisa Ketelsen, Covestro

By: Jeff Sloan

CW Talks visits with Lisa Ketelsen, head of thermoplastic composites and CEO of Maezio at Covestro. Ketelsen talks about her path to Covestro and the Maezio product line, Maezio’s attributes and applications, and how she sees thermoplastic composites evolving in the marketplace.
#trends #electronics #electricvehicles

Resins

Future composite manufacturing - AFP and Additive Manufacturing

By: Ginger Gardiner

TU Munich symposium explores how these technologies are merging and reviews R&D that is creating a path forward.
#continuousfiberAM

2020 CW Top Shops recognizes top-performing facilities

By: Hannah Mason

CW's second annual Top Shops benchmarking survey helps composites fabricators put their operations into perspective and illuminates top-ranking facilities.
#feature #cwtopshops