Ginger Gardiner Senior Editor

Ginger Gardiner, a senior editor at CompositesWorld, began writing for Composites Technology and High Performance Composites as a contributor in 2006. She was hired as senior editor of the now combined CompositesWorld publication in 2013. She is a co-author of the textbook Essentials of Advanced Composite Fabrication & Repair. Ginger has a degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University and began her career as a technical marketing representative in DuPont’s Composites Division for KEVLAR and NOMEX products in aerospace and marine applications.
Markets

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

ZeroAvia secures additional funding to accelerate hydrogen-powered aviation

By: Ginger Gardiner

Amazon, Shell add to $21.4 million in venture funding plus U.K. government $16.3 million grant for HyFlyer II project to deliver 19-seat H2 aircraft by 2023.

Resins

Lingrove launches Ekoa Surface Peel N’Stick and receives automotive orders

By: Ginger Gardiner

Natural fiber/bio-thermoplastic composite veneers meet sustainability and performance demands for multiple markets.
#biomaterials #sustainability

Markets

Composite rebar for future infrastructure

By: Ginger Gardiner

GFRP eliminates risk of corrosion and increases durability fourfold for reinforced concrete that meets future demands as traffic, urbanization and extreme weather increase.
#insidemanufacturing #frprebar #infrastructure

Aerospace

Hydrogen fuel cell-powered HY4 aircraft takes flight

By: Ginger Gardiner

MAHEPA consortium demonstrates feasibility and advances toward liquid hydrogen tanks and scaling modular HY4 technology to new, emissions-free aircraft.

Thermoplastics

Multilayer thermoplastic tapes, AFP and resin infusion for more democratic composites

By: Ginger Gardiner

Novotech advances new materials and more affordable automated processes for small aircraft and beyond
#outofautoclave #pei #peek

ATL/AFP

Fraunhofer IPT automates production of thermoplastic CFRP engine fan blades

By: Ginger Gardiner

Successful first demonstrations on 16-mm-thick CF/PA12 to be followed by CF/PEEK tapes and embedded sensors for structural health monitoring (SHM).
#aeroengines

Aerospace

Fraunhofer IFAM automates pre-assembly of CFRP fuselage frames

By: Ginger Gardiner

Positioning and drilling end effector for automated, high-precision and quality-assured pre-assembly developed with Airbus in German-funded “Tempo” sub-project.
#automation

Pratt & Whitney to produce advanced metal and CMC turbine airfoils in North Carolina

By: Ginger Gardiner

New 1 million-square-foot production facility follows CMC R&D center and publicized strategy for next-gen engines.
#trends #f-35 #ms21

Materials

The markets: Automotive (2021)

By: Ginger Gardiner

Composites continue measured growth as the global automotive industry, driven by zero-emissions goals toward increased electrification, seeks to reduce vehicle weight and improve performance.
#iacmi #biomaterials #audi

Reinforcements

The markets: Fuel cells and batteries (2021)

By: Ginger Gardiner

Although fuel-cell powered vehicles could still be in the automotive future, growth will be measured and so will the market for composite components. Composites for electric vehicle battery packs and hydrogen tanks for fuel cell vehicles will be the more immediate opportunity.
#discontinuousfiber #toyota #spreadtow

Aerospace

Clean Sky 2 DEFLECT project develops multifunctional composite panels for electronics enclosures

By: Ginger Gardiner

Four panels integrating mechanical and electrical elements such as connectors, wires and busbars into aerostructures offer solutions for greener aircraft.
#cleansky