#APPLICATION

Defense

Recycled thermoplastic composite rotorcraft access panel takes flight

Designed as part of the TPC-Cycle program, the flight-tested panel demonstrates a lighter, cost-effective, sustainable thermoplastic composite application.

Poly/Vinyl Esters

FRP profiles enable affordable aesthetic solution for unique residential architecture

The FRP profiles, manufactured by Italy-based M.M. S.r.l., allow easy fabrication and construction on-site in less than two days. 

RTM

Fiberglass composites enable lighter, sturdier COVID-19 testing booth design

Canada-based Imagine Fiberglass’ IsoBooth station is designed to eliminate the need for PPE by healthcare workers testing patients for COVID-19.

ATL/AFP

Combination of automation, rigid foam core enable high-volume aircraft part production

A feasibility study demonstrates increased production capacity using Evonik foam core and automated manufacturing.

Thermoplastics

3D printing large composite molds with a 5-axis CNC machine

Hungarian manufacturer uses CEAD Robot Extruder to cut composite tooling time and cost.

Carbon Fibers

Carbon fiber tapes enhance performance of cross-country skis

A ski manufacturer uses Hexcel dry carbon fiber tapes to increase cross-country ski performance, manufacturing efficiency and surface finish.

Glass Fibers

Microfiber-infused resin enables single-step molding process

Spoke Materials’ reinforced liquid composites provide alternative fabrication methods.

Consumer

JEC World 2020 preview

JEC World 2020, the largest composites-focused trade event, will be held March 3-5 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.

Thermoplastics

Continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites enable wheel blade for all-electric SUV

Covestro’s Maezio continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites are being used in the production of a wheel blade for NIO’s all-electric SUV.

Aerospace

Tech Table: Adhesives

A table of aerospace structural adhesives includes collected from data provided by suppliers. 

Carbon Fibers

CFRP bests steel in precision ball joints

Near-zero backlash in bearings and automation components.  

Cutting/Kitting

Prepreg cutting system reduces waste, speeds assembly of Swiss business jet

Swiss aircraft manufacturer cites years of Zünd digital cutting systems as part of the success story for several iterations of commercial aircraft.

Glass Fibers

Composite insert as a structural reinforcement for A-pillars

A Porsche structural A-pillar reduces weight and increases strength with a hybrid part combining thermoplastic composites, steel and structural foam.

RTM

Fiberglass industrial fan manufacturer builds on tradition

Collaboration produces large diameter low noise application composite axial flow fan.

Aerospace

A digital approach to automation

One aerostructures manufacturer’s journey from hand layup to AFP.

Natural Fibers

Natural fiber enables e-bike for package delivery

New parcel delivery vehicle concept employs a natural fiber prepreg for low weight, vibration dampening, non-conductivity and flame retardancy.

Construction

FRP pultrusions replace wood for structural applications

Unlike wood, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) is unaffected by salt spray, moisture or prolonged immersion in water, making it a good material choice for structural applications in harsh environments.

Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing speeds wind tunnel model creation

A new composite material was developed to 3D-print a helicopter model that met structural needs while providing flexibility for fast reproduction.

Pultrusion

Ballistic panels protect school

A composites manufacturer has developed military-grade pultruded panels that are being used to protect schools in case of violent intruders.

Compression Molding

Multimaterial carbon fiber composite engine brace

The project’s aim was to produce a lighter, composite version of an aluminum Audi engine brace, with a more aesthetic molded shape.

Carbon Fibers

Combining materials for better bicycles

Bicycle manufacturer HIA Velo combines composite materials to make its products more durable.

Marine

Foiling motoryacht impresses in carbon fiber/epoxy

A project is underway to build a faster, lighter, hybrid-electric motorboat with foils and hull fabricated from carbon fiber and epoxy.

Construction

Composites restore drinking water in historic Amsterdam

A fiberglass-reinforced liner helped resurrect a corroded waterline pipe.

Basalt fiber gives prosthetics more “give”

Prosthetics and orthotics often take advantage of composite materials’ strength and durability. Basalt fiber has given manufacturer Coyote Design (Boise, ID, US) a performance edge.