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.
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CW’s running summary of resin price change announcements from major material suppliers that serve the composites manufacturing industry.
T-Link, from L&L Products, is a thermoplastic resin available in pellet, film, yarn, powder, fiber veil and unidirectional tape formats, targeted toward armor, aerospace and sporting goods applications.
New focus on high-temperature thermoplastic tapes and multi-layer sheet laminates for aerospace, automotive and other demanding market segments.
Highly automated manufacturing line processes continuous fibers with high-performance thermoplastics for tapes, profiles and rods.
Splicing limits increased tenfold to handle more challenging materials at higher concentrations.
In light of climate change and increasingly aggressive environments, Teijin focuses on new, sustainable infrastructure technologies that will enable more adaptability.
The emerging H2 economy drives tank development for aircraft, ships and gas transport.
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The 2018 pilot program, in partnership with BioBTW, successfully produces Twaron yarn from bio-based aromatic materials without altering the material properties.
The partnership will supply Hypetex-colored fabrics with SHD’s MTC500 series epoxy resin systems, enabling visual component finishes and the potential for weight and cost savings.
Innovative composite materials trim mass, costs and noise on the high-volume mid-engine sports car.
DH Sutherland is introducing technologies for chemical application and the manufacture of protective armor.
Fast-processing composites that are strong yet tough, thermoformable, reformable, recyclable and even FST-compliant save cost in aircraft and rail equipment.
Automated cutting of reinforcement materials is fast, accurate and reliable. It reduces labor costs and material waste and can substantially boost throughput.
The sandwich panels comprise glass fiber/phenolic skins surrounding a Nomex honeycomb core.
Evopreg EPC200 enables variable temperature cure with good surface finish.
Eliminates drilling holes with lap shear 60% higher than bolted joints and almost twice that of bonded joints.
Four new solid-carbide fiberglass routers have been launched for CNC or hand routers to handle everyday composite machining.
Technology enabling wider tapes and easier weaving/braiding for void-free laminates now offered by Precept One LLC
NASA’s recently launched Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter are supported by numerous composite materials and structures.
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Tight tolerances drive design and engineering of large-format composite component and dishes to create unique satellite structures.
The growing role of carbon fiber in stock car racing.
Advanced materials use in current and upcoming NASA missions.
The new polyimide and basalt veils are part of TFP’s OPTIVEIL range and have been developed specifically to expand TFP’s selection of high-temperature materials.