Jeff Sloan Editor-in-Chief

Jeff Sloan has been editor-in-chief of CompositesWorld since 2006 and directs and manages all editorial content for all of the brand’s products, including printed magazine, digital content, newsletters, videos and podcasts. Jeff is a member of SAMPE and has appeared as a speaker at SAMPE conferences and CAMX as well as Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) meetings. He was co-chair of the Carbon Fiber 2019 conference. 

Prior to joining CompositesWorld, Jeff worked for 10 years as editor and then publisher of Injection Molding, Modern Plastics and Plastics Machinery & Auxiliaries magazines. Jeff has also worked as a technical writer, and is a 1990 graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in technical journalism.

Shooting trouble

By: Jeff Sloan

CW launches The Troubleshooter, a new column designed to help you identify, assess and correct the technical challenges that can plague composites manufacturing operations.
#editorial

Reinforcements

Large composite covers protect a lot of water

By: Jeff Sloan

A massive concrete water storage facility in Bogotá, Colombia, gets a much-needed makeover with the resin transfer molding of 840 large composite domes that keep the water potable.
#insidemanufacturing #outofautoclave

Thermoplastics

Re:Build Manufacturing acquires Composite Resources

By: Jeff Sloan

Massachusetts-based investment group Re: Build Manufacturing has acquired South Carolina-based fabricator Composite Resources.

Lessons learned, a year later

By: Jeff Sloan

When the pandemic struck, we yearned for normality. Getting back there will take time and patience.
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Aerospace

Solvay, Vertical Aerospace expand on UAM agreement

By: Jeff Sloan

Composite materials supplier Solvay Composite Materials and urban air mobility (UAM) manufacturer Vertical Aerospace offer details about materials, process use in VA-1X aircraft.
#outofautoclave #sustainability #trends

Processes

Tow steering, Part 3: The birth of tow shearing

By: Jeff Sloan

In-plane shearing of tows, versus in-plane bending of tows, hopes to take automated fiber placement directionality to new levels. 
#workinprogress

Aerospace

Boeing said to be evaluating new twin-aisle program

By: Jeff Sloan

Aviation Week reports that Boeing is in the early stages of developing a twin-aisle in response to the Airbus A321XLR that will use composite wing and fuselage structures.
#nextgenaerospace #boeing

Aerospace

The evolution of the commercial aerospace landscape

By: Jeff Sloan

Following the grounding of the 737 and the downturn caused by the pandemic, Boeing finds itself a distant second to Airbus. What should it do?
#editorial #boeing #a350

Carbon Fibers

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

Design/Simulation

AZL Aachen webinar: Designing with thermoplastic composites

By: Jeff Sloan

AZL Aachen is hosting the fifth webinar in its Lightweight TechTalk series, titled, “Best Practices in Lightweight Design with Thermoplastic Composites” on Thursday, Jan. 28, 1:00-2:45 p.m. (13:00-14:45) CET.

Aerospace

Boeing shutters commercial composites R&D facility

By: Jeff Sloan

In an effort to trim costs, commercial composites R&D at Boeing’s Advanced Developmental Composites (ADC) center in Seattle is being distributed among other Boeing composites facilities in the Puget Sound region.
#787 #boeing

What a difference a year makes

By: Jeff Sloan

If 2020 was bad, then 2021 can only be better. CW Editor-in-Chief Jeff Sloan discusses the promising and not-so-promising industry trends leading up to 2021. 
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