CW BLOG

Processes

Liftgate design puts modified filament winding to the test

By: Peggy Malnati

Heavily modified winding process produces light, structural support frame for performance-critical liftgate.
#hprtm #toyota #focusondesign

Reinforcements

Tow steering, Part 2: The next generation

By: Jeff Sloan

Wings on next-generation commercial aircraft will be longer, thinner, more aerodynamic and more efficient. They also are ideal candidates for the application of steered tows. One project aimed to design, fabricate and quantify a tow-steered wing skin.
#feature #787

Materials

Airbond expands composite fiber splicing product range and capabilities

By: Grace Nehls

Splicing limits increased tenfold to handle more challenging materials at higher concentrations.
#aramidfiber

Aerospace

Manufacturing the upper half of the Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstrator (MFFD)

By: Ginger Gardiner

Proving industrial reliability for low-cost thermoplastic composites production using AFP in-situ consolidation, as well as continuous ultrasonic and resistance welding.
#cleansky #paek

Processes

Troubleshooting failures in adhesive-bonded composite joints

Cause of adhesive bonding inconsistencies or failure may be numerous. According to Louis Dorworth, the following points should be examined to determine the culprit.
#adhesives #troubleshooter

Automotive

Episode 36: Dale Brosius and Uday Vaidya, IACMI

By: Jeff Sloan

IACMI’s Dale Brosius and Uday Vaidya talk about the first five years of the organization, how it has evolved and what the future might hold as IACMI continues its quest to help drive composite materials and process growth.
#trends #iacmi #precursor

Infusion

Composites design helps nano-sized lunar rover hit big milestones

By: Hannah Mason

Developed by Carnegie Mellon University, the ultralight, composites-intensive Iris nano-rover will make its lunar debut later this year.
#space #workinprogress

Glass Fibers

E9 ultra-high-modulus glass fiber targets high-end applications

By: Grace Nehls

Compared to E-glass, Jushi’s E9 glass fiber boasts improved mechanical properties, including a 36% higher modulus and 60% higher strength.

New compendium for polymer use in construction

By: Grace Nehls

The “Architectural Plastics & Polymer Composites in the 21st Century” Conference Proceedings Plus Package encompasses papers and posters from the conference previously scheduled for 2020.

Materials

Recycling end-of-life composite parts: New methods, markets

By: Hannah Mason

From infrastructure solutions to consumer products, Polish recycler Anmet and Netherlands-based researchers are developing new methods for repurposing wind turbine blades and other composite parts.
#trends #infrastructure #sustainability

Reinforcements

Natural fiber woven tapes possess improved mechanical properties, sustainability

By: Grace Nehls

vombaur woven tapes are composed from flax fibers, maintaining high rigidity and strength, with 33% lower CO2 emissions generated.

Markets

All-composite white cane improves mobility for visually impaired

By: Hannah Mason

The light weight, ergonomics and stiffness provided by the carbon fiber composite design enable a safer, easier to handle mobility solution.
#medical #application