Aerospace and industrial composites: Now on divergent paths?

The aerospace and industrial markets’ advanced composites challenges and their solutions will differ widely.
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Two-stage tape layup: Access cuts/Atlas 2 lays up

A legacy 1980s technology builds visionary Dreamliner wingskins.
#polyacrylonitrile #787 #precursor


Patent issued for carbon fiber used in rocket nozzles

A professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville developed a new process to make carbon fiber that forms ablative rocket nozzles and heat shields.
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Some predictions for 2017

We will see even greater progress in 2017 than we saw in 2016, some surprising, some long awaited.
#airbus #autoclave #bmw


Innovation: Moving faster than ever

The rate of composites innovation is higher than I’ve ever seen, and the implications are significant.
#sustainability #777x #bmw


SPE names finalists for 45th-annual automotive innovation awards competition

Category and Grand Award winners selected during the Blue Ribbon judging round will be announced on Nov. 9, 2016 during the 46th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.
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Bionic design: The future of lightweight structures

Biomimicry evolves into a systematic design process for optimizing efficient, lightweight structures.
#windblades #precursor #airbus


NASA considers carbon nanotube mirrors for cubesat telescope

The carbon nanotube/epoxy combination is being evaluated for the fabrication of mirrors on cubesats for planetary space exploration and Earth observations.
#carbonnanotubes #precursor #space


Nanocomp Technologies Inc., Merrimack, NH, US

Its millimeter-length macro CNTs are finally realizing their commercial composites potential, with spacecraft applications leading the way.
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Carbon Fibers

Coming to carbon fiber: Low-cost mesophase pitch precursor

Advanced Carbon Products LLC has developed and patented a continuous manufacturing process for the production of mesophase pitch carbon fiber precursor that will cost as little as $1.50/lb.
#marketing #pitch #precursor


In defense of glass fiber

Given the hype around carbon fiber, CW columnist Dale Brosius says it's easy to overlook the importance and future of glass fiber.
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CFRP: Opportunities in orthopedics

Carbon fiber has a niche, but can it secure a larger piece of a high-growth pie?
#sustainability #cuttingtools #workforcedevelopment


Structural adhesives, Part I: Industrial

Today’s myriad chemistry options enable formulators to tailor adhesives to customers' exact application requirements.
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JEC World 2016, the full report

CompositesWorld's editors report on the technologies and products that caught our eye at JEC World 2016, in early March.
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The matrix

The matrix binds the fiber reinforcement, gives the composite component its shape and determines its surface quality. A composite matrix may be a polymer, ceramic, metal or carbon. Here’s a guide to selection.
#Composites101 #cuttingtools #a350

Carbon Fibers

The dawn of low-cost carbon fiber?

After several years of research and development work on its pilot scale carbon fiber manufacturing line, ORNL signaled that its efforts are ready to be paid off when it announced it is seeking licensees for its process.
#polyacrylonitrile #iacmi #precursor


Fabrication methods

There are numerous methods for fabricating composite components. Selection of a method for a particular part, therefore, will depend on the materials, the part design and end-use or application. Here's a guide to selection.
#a350 #adhesives #Composites101


Fiber reinforcement forms

Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.
#outofautoclave #polyimide #aeroengines


Supply and demand: Advanced fibers

Demand for advanced fiber, virgin and reclaimed, is on an upswing after a dip during the recent recession. Fiber suppliers are gearing up to meet an expected increase in demand as manufacturers in a number of composites end-markets scale up or start up part development and production programs
#windblades #Composites101 #sustainability


The fiber

The structural properties of composite materials are derived primarily from the fiber reinforcement. Fiber types, their manufacture, their uses and the end-market applications in which they find most use are described.
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