#BRAIDING

Aerospace

Collins Aerospace invests in braiding technology for Banbury, U.K. facility

The multi-axis composite braider will be used to prove out production for complex-shaped components like pressure vessels, battery enclosures and more.

Defense

Hawthorn Composites awarded structural inlet duct manufacturing contract 

Manufacture of inlet ducts for Kratos unmanned combat aerial vehicle involves an automated dry fiber overbraiding process, VARTM infusion and oven cure.

Marine

Carbon fiber windsurf fin incorporates Sicomin bio-based epoxy resin

Sicomin GreenPoxy 33 meets high-performance windsurfing fins requirements, accommodating significant loads, high torsion stiffness and flexibility.

Aerospace

Universal Hydrogen uses dry braided carbon preform tanks as part of plan to decarbonize aviation

Twin-tank module offers low capex option for regional carriers to convert to clean fuel.

RTM

BBG presents self-closing HP-RTM molds for CFRP compact hydrogen tank production

The autonomous concept, sufficient for series production, enables lower investment costs. Up to 15 cylinders can be produced simultaneously per operation.

A&P Technology offers virtual tour for National Composites Week

Hosted by the Midwest chapter of SAMPE, the virtual tour will take place Aug. 27 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. ET.

RTM

Teijin Ltd. Tenax carbon fiber qualified for Airbus A320neo

Tenax dry reinforcements non-crimp fabrics and braided fibers will form the skins and stiffeners via automated RTM.

Filament Winding

Rediscovering the benefits of prepregs in composites manufacturing

Compared to more traditional forms of composites manufacturing, prepregs enable reduced manufacturing costs and enhance production performance. 

Processes

Glossary

Glossary of composites terms

Automotive

Innovative pressurized hydrogen storage for integrated vehicle structures using composites

Chained tubular storage tanks using semi-finished thermoplastic composite products offer flat designs aimed at easy integration into universal vehicle architectures.

Consumer

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

Mass Transit

GRP train station platform wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

Dura Composites’ Dura Platform is an easily installed, lightweight glass fiber-reinforced polymer alternative to concrete train platforms.  

Carbon Fibers

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

RTM

AFRL evaluates braiding, SMP tooling and VARTM for lower-cost future engine inlet ducts

U.S. Air Force and Ohio-based composites team develop new process for S-shaped aerostructure.

Composites industry response to the coronavirus pandemic, Part 1

A compilation of CompositesWorld’s coverage of how the pandemic has affected the composites industry, through March 31, 2020.

Automotive

SGL Carbon technologies aimed at automotive, aerospace applications

SGL Carbon is demonstrating its production capabilities for the automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors.

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

ITA RWTH Aachen University launches fiber-coating line, carbon fiber research

The Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University is presenting innovations in glass and carbon fiber production at the joint stand of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Construction.

Aerospace

AMRC, NCC, Dowty Propellers to develop lightweight composite propeller blades

The collaborators aim to create innovative designs and manufacturing processes for braided aircraft propeller blades.

Carbon Fibers

Episode 30: Gary Sharpless, Concordia Fibers, Boston Materials Inc.

Composites industry veteran and marketing advisor Gary Sharpless discusses his more than 35 years in the industry and his current advisory roles with Concordia Fibers and Boston Materials.

Urban Air Mobility

SGL Carbon to produce carbon fiber composite air taxi landing gear

SGL Carbon will begin serial production of its ultra-light composite landing gears in early 2021.

Aerospace

Dowty Propellers to open U.K. headquarters, composite propeller blade production facility

The Brockworth, England facility will include a full production facility for the company’s all-composite aircraft propeller blades.

Compression Molding

Overmolding on the cheap

Innovative injection/compression composites overmolding approach combines smaller injection molded inserts with compression molded parts.

Automotive

Carbon fiber/epoxy for automotive mass reduction, mass production

IACMI precompetitive research explores carbon fiber-reinforced prepreg, SMC with novel matrix for structural passenger-car applications.

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