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CAMX Expo

CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: DH Sutherland

DH Sutherland is introducing technologies for chemical application and the manufacture of protective armor.

Prepregs

Kordsa expands thermoplastic prepreg lineup

The new woven prepregs are offered with polypropylene or polyamide resin matrices in sheets up to 1.2 by 1.2 meters.

Aerospace

Kordsa targets phenolic-based sandwich panel toward aircraft interiors

The sandwich panels comprise glass fiber/phenolic skins surrounding a Nomex honeycomb core.

Epoxies

Composites Evolution introduces Evopreg EPC200 epoxy prepreg

Evopreg EPC200 enables variable temperature cure with good surface finish.

Processes

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Glossary of composites terms

Prepregs

Hyperjoint: additive metal + composites = stronger, tougher joints

Eliminates drilling holes with lap shear 60% higher than bolted joints and almost twice that of bonded joints.

Glass Fibers

YG-1 solid-carbide routers designed for faster composites machining

Four new solid-carbide fiberglass routers have been launched for CNC or hand routers to handle everyday composite machining.

Prepregs

Third patent issued for flexible thermoplastic prepreg

Technology enabling wider tapes and easier weaving/braiding for void-free laminates now offered by Precept One LLC

Carbon Fibers

Tooling, precision enable composites in satellite subsystems

Tight tolerances drive design and engineering of large-format composite component and dishes to create unique satellite structures.

Carbon Fibers

The evolution of composites in NASCAR

The growing role of carbon fiber in stock car racing.

Core

Composites in the race to space

Advanced materials use in current and upcoming NASA missions.

Glass Fibers

TFP's new lightweight veils target high-temperature applications

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.

Fabrics/Preforms

Neenah Inc. acquires Vectorply Corp.

The closing is expected to be completed April 1.

Aerospace

People in Composites: February 2020

Solvay, SGL Carbon, Teijin, Gurit, Composites UK and American Colors Inc. announce new hires and retirements in the composites industry.

Carbon Fibers

Using mobile susceptors to innovate thermoplastic induction welding

IS Groupe and Arkema patent ISW for high-strength UD welds, temperature control and 50% less energy.

Carbon Fibers

Episode 31: John Riendeau, Rhode Island Commerce

Rhode Island Commerce director of business development John Riendeau discusses how the state’s legacy experience in boat building has translated into expertise in new markets within the composites industry.

Aerospace

Teijin Aramid appoints new president and CEO

Peter ter Horst has been the company’s chief financial officer since 2011, and will take over his new role April 1, 2020.

Composite resins price change report

CW’s running summary of resin price change announcements from major material suppliers that serve the composites manufacturing industry.

ATL/AFP

Cevotec scales up Fiber Patch Placement technology for large aerostructures

The SAMBA Step L automated fiber placement system can place patches of material up to 50 times larger than previous FPP systems.

Carbon Fibers

The markets: Fuels cells and batteries (2020)

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

Carbon Fibers

The markets: Boatbuilding and marine (2020)

In the boatbuilding and marine markets, the increasing size and number of outboards per boat is driving the need for reduced weight in composite hulls and decks.

Glass Fibers

Top 10 CW news from the 2010s

From 2010-2019, here are CompositesWorld’s most viewed composites industry news from the decade.

Core

Plant Tour: Holland Composites, Lelystad, Netherlands

Balancing performance with affordable production, this industry veteran continues to explore composites’ infinite possibilities.

Automotive

Multifunctional composites could help achieve structural supercapacitors for EVs

In a recent study, functionalized graphene/nanofiber electrodes showed 2X modulus, strength and 5-10X multifunctional efficiency.