#FEATURE

Carbon Fibers

Smarter, integrated data for ATL/AFP

More than helping to eliminate dry runs and costly errors, AFP/ATL software is beginning to benefit the whole product lifecycle through the interconnectedness of the digital thread.
#layup #feature #airbus

Wind/Energy

The still-promised potential of basalt fiber composites

Although the long-anticipated market surge in basalt fiber-reinforced polymer composites remains largely in the future, basalt fiber manufacturers are making headway over the technical and market hurdles toward large-scale application.
#windblades #sizing #outofautoclave

Molds/Tools

Reaping the benefits: Composites use grows in agricultural equipment

Multiple trends support composites advances in this huge but fragmented market.
#feature #electronics #layup

Additive Manufacturing

Moving continuous-fiber 3D printing into production

With patents proliferating and production applications emerging, 3D printing with continuous fiber reinforcement is poised for significant market growth.
#peek #formula1 #airbus

Carbon Fibers

Building confidence in recycled carbon fiber

Recycled carbon fiber is proving, increasingly, to be a cost-effective, environmentally sustainable composite solution for automotive and other high-volume applications.
#outofautoclave #sheetmoldingcompound #marketing

Fabrics/Preforms

Withstanding fire without the weight

New composites meet stringent fire requirements while lightweighting ships, rail cars and battery boxes for electric cars and planes.
#outofautoclave #polyacrylonitrile #precursor

Carbon Fibers

Energy storage in multifunctional carbon fiber composites

A need for lightweight energy storage technology is fueling the development of carbon fiber composite materials for car batteries and other electronics.
#carbonnanotubes #electricvehicles #outofautoclave

Core

Tecnofire adds fire resistance to transportation and infrastructure applications

Intumescent nonwoven veils improve the fire performance of composites in bridge, bus, building, marine and aircraft structures.
#feature #infrastructure

Automotive

Autocomposites from waste: Garbage in, valuable, functional parts out

Automakers explore use of waste materials to make commercial car parts.
#sustainability #generalmotors #workforcedevelopment

Automotive

Filament winding, reinvented

Robots and digital technology deliver speed plus larger, more complex parts, while generative 3D winding obviates mandrels and waste for automotive applications.
#feature #infrastructure #f-35

Automotive

The long view for composites in long-haul trucks

Composite components on heavy trucks and trailers continue to grow, both in volume and in kind, but they won’t be carrying structural loads until the mid-2020s.
#aeroengines #787 #adhesives

Design/Simulation

Advancing composites through virtual and augmented reality

A review of technologies that are bridging the technical divide between the virtual world of design and simulation, and the real-world of composites manufacturing and repair.
#feature #marketing #a380

Mass Transit

A clean technology for clean, zero-emissions buses

Monocoque composite body designed to support all bus loads.
#layup #outofautoclave #feature

Thermoplastics

Welding thermoplastic composites

Multiple methods advance toward faster robotic welds using new technology for increased volumes and larger aerostructures.
#feature #airbus #infrastructure

Consumer

Safe cycling: Keys to composite bike design integrity

Steps bike designers and manufacturers must take to keep high-performance carbon fiber bikes safe, upright and on the road or trial.
#feature #formula1 #ndi

Automotive

U.S. styrene-reduction mandates: Go or no-go?

Legislative changes are slow in coming, but technology forges ahead.
#marketing #regulation #sustainability

Aerospace

Drones: Composite UAVs take flight

First seen in defense applications, unpiloted aircraft development is surging in the commercial world, enabled by a host of new material, process and assembly technologies.
#aramidfiber #uas #windblades

Carbon Fibers

The spread of spread tow

Advancing from “lighter and thinner” to boosting strength, stiffness, impact resistance and productivity, spread tow unlocks new applications and markets.
#marketing #boeing #electricvehicles

Wind/Energy

Service & repair: Optimizing wind power’s grid impact

As wind farms surge into the electrical mainstream, a fast-growing industry works to maximize the service lives of the composite blades that harvest the power of the wind.
#sustainability #adhesives #windblades

Prepregs

Consolidating thermoplastic composite aerostructures in place, Part 2

Thermoplastic composite structures could eliminate the autoclave and fasteners, but will a one- or two-step process prevail?
#marketing #airbus #adhesives