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Diving deeper into composite processes

 

I have a second job. I’m a martial arts instructor and spend a lot of time thinking about the best ways to work with students to fine-tune details in their technique. I often see students reach a level of understanding and find themselves stuck, not really growing or making new progress. At this point, breakthroughs and improvements usually happen after completely dissecting something the student already thinks they know and starting over at the beginning with an open, receptive mind — a concept that in my training we call “beginner’s mind.”

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Advancing thermoplastic composites and RTM for Clean Sky 2 in Spain

 

The EURECAT Centro Tecnológico de Catalunya (EURECAT Technology Centre Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain) is a private, nonprofit R&D organization with 11 facilities, 650 employees and 50 million euros in annual revenues. “It is the second largest R&D center in Spain,” explains Angel Lagraña Hernandez, program director for the aeronautics and space market at EURECAT. He explains that part of EURECAT’s revenue is from the Catalan government and of the remainder, half must come from private companies — mostly small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) — while the other half may be public, such as the European Union-funded Clean Sky 2 program. “We now have 18 Clean Sky projects,” notes Lagraña, “which we were awarded purely on the basis of competitive submissions in response to calls for proposals.”

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The markets: Renewable energy (2020)

 

Wind energy continues to dominate in this segment and remains, far and away, the world’s largest market for glass fiber-reinforced composites. It’s also competing with other heavy users — such as the aerospace industry — for carbon fiber use as blades get longer and blade builders look for ways to lightweight the massive structures without sacrificing performance. Wind turbine blades remain a key market segment for composites.

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By: Staff 1/15/2020

The markets: Electronics (2020)

The markets: Electronics (2020)

 

 

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