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Carbon Fibers

The markets: Fuel cells and batteries (2021)

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

Prepregs

Leveraging towpreg to reduce the cost of CMC

High-denier, spread-tow Nextel 610 fiber and novel alumina matrix enable AFP production of Ox-Ox ceramic matrix composites.
#sustainability #bmi #boeing

Infusion

First all-CFRP fuselage in Mexico

UNAQ and RHEM Composites help produce body of third prototype for Oaxaca Aerospace’s Pegasus P-400T.
#airbus #layup #outofautoclave

Automotive

ITHEC 2020 finalizes technical program

Agenda includes emerging technologies, welding, a panel discussion and the new Advanced Thermoplastic Composite 3D Printing Forum.
#sustainability #spreadtow

Marine

Hexcel materials, distribution partner selected for Gunboat 68 yacht

A range of Hexcel HiMax carbon fiber multiaxials and PrimeTex spread tow woven fabrics enhance an all-carbon-fiber luxury catamaran.
#weaving #outofautoclave #spreadtow

Fabrics/Preforms

JEC World 2020 preview: TeXtreme

Spread tow brand TeXtreme is releasing new versions of its fabric in multiple colors, in collaboration with Hypetex.
#spreadtow

Fabrics/Preforms

Solvay showcases low-cost prepreg and parts approach using Cygnet Texkimp filament winder

High-speed, tailored preforms are used with Solvay double diaphragm forming (DDF) and compression molding to produce cost-effective, medium-volume auto and aero parts.
#outofautoclave #bmw #spreadtow

Carbon Fibers

Compression RTM for production of future aerostructures

Automated preforming and 5-min resin infiltration show a way forward for lower-cost CFRP primary structures.
#automation #cleansky #spreadtow

Composites 2020: A Multitude of Markets

The manufacturing world likes to think of composites fabrication as a single, global entity that operates to serve its customers’ needs with a variety of highly engineered parts and structures.
#generalmotors #honda #cuttingtools

Prepregs

HUESKER develops W8SVR Neolaminate, refinement of organosheets

Continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite offers up to 20% less weight or 35% higher flexural stiffness.
#spreadtow

Natural Fibers

Natural fiber composites: What’s holding them back?

Natural fiber reinforcements have been available for some time, but factors such as compatibility with current processes and geographic availability continue to limit widespread use.
#electricvehicles #pastpresentandfuture #spreadtow

Aerospace

Fiber sizing, tow spreading and the quest for encapsulation

Fiber sizing is easily overlooked by composites fabricators, but it will be increasingly important to optimization of fiber performance.
#paek #pekk #sizing

Molds/Tools

HP-RTM for serial production of cost-effective CFRP aerostructures

Merging automotive process and tooling with aerospace quality to meet increasing production rates.
#weaving #spreadtow #airbus

Aerospace

Large, high-volume, infused composite structures on the aerospace horizon

Infused carbon fiber composite structures are not new, but they have never been built at the rates anticipated for next-generation, single-aisle aircraft. It is a daunting prospect — but a feasible one.
#787 #autoclave #northropgrumman

Carbon Fibers

Combining materials for better bicycles

Bicycle manufacturer HIA Velo combines composite materials to make its products more durable.
#spreadtow #weaving #layup

Consumer

Making better composite bikes in Arkansas

Bicycle manufacturer HIA Velo (Little Rock, AR, US), maker of carbon fiber bikes, is using a combination of composite materials to make their products more durable.
#layup #weaving #spreadtow

Thermoplastics

CAMX 2018: Second look, more new developments

Curved pultrusion for automotive, Smart Susceptors for primary structure repairs and Huntsman advances leaf springs for trucks, carbon wheels for automotive, “thin-ply” ailerons with Airbus and Nanocomp Technologies.
#pei #spreadtow #marketing

Testing

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.
#sustainability #regulation #infrastructure

Consumer

How is tow spread?

ITA characterizes tow spreading processes and parameters as it develops new technology to speed production (100 m/min) and reduce width variation (<1mm).
#spreadtow #weaving

Automotive

Rear wall reboot: One-stop, tow to tape to CFRP part

Audi and Voith Composites iterate the CFRP rear wall from R8 sports car to A8 luxury sedan via an automated production line able to output hundreds of parts per day.
#cuttingtools #hprtm #audi