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Natural Fibers

German racing series shifts to natural fiber application

German racing series DTM says the shift away from carbon fibers will be more cost-efficient, improve lightweighting and reduce the organization’s ecological footprint.

Automotive

2019 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards winners announced

Among the winners and finalists, a wide range of technologies demonstrate composites’ benefits for ground transportation.

Automotive

National Composites Week: Improving Lives

As we celebrate National Composites Week, here are just a few of the many ways the composites industry is working to improve our lives.

Fabrics/Preforms

Highlights: Composites Convention 2019

Highlights from the Composites Convention 2019, June 12-13, in Stade, Germany, organized by CFK Valley e.V. and Carbon Composites e.V, and the German Aerospace Center’s 5th Colloquium on Production Technology, on May 15, in Augsburg.

Automotive

LANXESS thermoplastic composites used in Audi A8 rear seat shell

LANXESS rear seat shell showcases the company’s continuous-fiber-reinforced composites role in large-scale production of structural components for automotive. 

Automotive

Teijin to acquire Benet Automotive

Benet offers advanced technologies for carbon fiber-reinforced and glass fiber-reinforced plastic molding, as well as the painting and assembly of vehicles.

Infusion

DARPA presents TFF program for low-cost composites for defense

Results reviewed at SAMPE 2019 show new materials and side-by-side comparisons of thermoset, thermoplastic, HP-RTM and press-forming, including PtFS molding cell.

Prepregs

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.

Prepregs

JEC World 2019 preview: Engel

At JEC World 2019, Engel Austria is presenting its technologies for organomelt processing, in-situ polymerization, HP-RTM and flow molding with SMC.

Automotive

Would you like carbon fiber with that car?

The challenge for composites use to grow in the automotive industry is making the advantages of autocomposites appealing not only to OEMs, but to car consumers.

Automotive

Carbon fiber will enable air taxi eVTOLs

Aircraft and autos have indeed faced CFRP production woes, but new tech opens door for both.

Design/Simulation

Thermoplastic door a first for automotive composites

A team of automotive researchers are engaged in a four-year project with goals of building a lighter, 100% recyclable, carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic door.

Carbon Fibers

Bio-composites break into structural automotive applications

A company’s bio-based, polyamide composite comes with a unique property profile that may help it carve a niche in automotive applications.

Marine

Composites 2019: A multitude of markets

The composites industry, in general, continued to show health and growth, powered particularly by the aerospace, automotive and wind energy sectors.

Carbon Fibers

Reflections on carbon fiber

Highlights from the December 2018 Carbon Fiber conference include industry leader predictions about commoditization of composites, next-generation aircraft and automotive.

Wind/Energy

Looking ahead at composites trends in 2019

Columnist Dale Brosius predicts 2019 will reveal growth opportunities in infrastructure, wind energy and personal air mobility for composites. 

Aerospace

Audi, Airbus and Italdesign test flying taxi prototype

Audi, Airbus and Italdesign Pop.Up Next model flies and drives at Amsterdam Drone Week.

Carbon Fibers

Hybrid thermoplastics give load floor impact strength

Project leads to development of new compression process for selective application of D-LFT on UD tape laminates.

Thermoplastics

AVK presents its 2018 Innovation Awards

The 2018 AVK Innovation Awards were presented at the International Composites Congress (ICC) on Nov 5, chosen from more than 50 submissions.

Carbon Fibers

Pushing EVs forward

Multifunctional chassis design and novel composites processes enable lighter, longer-range, safer electric vehicles.

Automotive

Automotive tipping point?

CW Editor Jeff Sloan predicts a tipping point for autocomposites after attending this year’s Society of Plastics Engineers’ Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (SPE ACCE).

Carbon Fibers

Voith wins Lightweight Design Award

Voith’s VRA technology for CFRP production lines is said to reduce waste and thus material costs by depositing carbon fibers close to the final shape.

Additive Manufacturing

Connecting the Dots: Generative design, bionic structures and future composites

The trend shows cast and 3D printed metal, but fiber-reinforced composites offer the potential for multifunctional structures.

Compression Molding

Teaming to define what automotive CFRP could be

Ford and Magna explore a high-volume chassis front subframe build from co-molded chopped fiber and noncrimp fabric SMC.