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Natural Fibers

Sustainable date palm fibers developed from agricultural waste

Developed by an Egyptian research consortium, PalmFil fibers and nonwovens have been developed for use in automotive composite applications and more.

Carbon Fibers

Teijin increases short carbon fiber capacity

Increased product capacity will enable the company to better react to European market demands and strengthen its carbon fiber portfolio.

Processes

Glossary

Glossary of composites terms

Aerospace

Composites fare well at 2020 PACE Awards

This year’s automotive supplier award winners included composite bumper beam, liftgate and pickup box applications.  

Fabrics/Preforms

Commercial-scale carbon fiber recycling comes to Tennessee

Accepting carbon fiber waste materials now, Carbon Fiber Recycling will recycle 2,000 tons of carbon fiber waste per year at its Tennessee facility. 

Design/Simulation

CETMA: composites R&D and innovation in Italy

From design and simulation to inline inspection, induction welding, continuous compression molding and recycled carbon fiber, this lab to support industry is advancing composites in aerospace, automotive, construction and more.

Fabrics/Preforms

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 1: Feedstock

Highly-aligned, short-fiber Tailorable Universal Feedstock for Forming achieves aerospace properties, metal-like formability in zero-waste, fiber-to-parts pilot plant.

Thermoplastics

Teijin's Sereebo CFRTP adopted for 4K video cameras

Carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastics add strength, reduce weight for Panasonic camera components.

Automotive

IDI International launches material solution for EV battery covers

IDI Composites International is introducing FLAMEVEX, a new family of fiber reinforcements and resins designed specifically for the manufacture of battery enclosure systems.

Enabling a circular economy approach to advanced composites innovation, manufacturing and use, Part 2

IACMI chief technology officer Uday Vaidya reflects on IACMI’s role in improving composites’ recyclability and reusability.

Infusion

The coming decade: Clarity with a strong dose of uncertainty

Columnist Dale Brosius considers the potential and uncertain role of composites in aerospace, automotive and other markets in the coming decade.

Automotive

CFRP preform technology is fast, flexible, efficient

Porsche racecar is first to sport part-via-preform technology.

Carbon Fibers

The markets: Fuels cells and batteries (2020)

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

Infusion

The markets: Boatbuilding and marine (2020)

In the boatbuilding and marine markets, the increasing size and number of outboards per boat is driving the need for reduced weight in composite hulls and decks.

Curing

The markets: Automotive (2020)

As the global auto industry hurtles toward its confrontation with US fuel economy and European Union (EU) emissions standards in 2017, the pressure built to find more radical solutions to lightweighting.

Automotive

Composites 2020: A multitude of markets

Going into 2020, factors influencing composites manufacturing include robotics and automation, out-of-autoclave processes, thermoplastic composites, Composites 4.0 and additive manufacturing.

Construction

IACMI: Driving innovation in the advanced composites industry

Since its start in 2015, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) has come a long way in its mission of advancing composites innovation. CTO Uday Vaidya reflects on the past five years.

Carbon Fibers

Overmolded hybrid parts open new composites markets

A process that combines continuous carbon fiber-reinforced PAEK with chopped fiber/PEEK overmolding is making inroads in the aerospace market. Parts that previously could not be produced cost-effectively from composites can now be made at less cost than their metal counterparts.

Carbon Fibers

University of Kentucky receives grant to turn coal pitch into carbon fiber

University researchers will work with industry partners to convert coal tar into carbon fiber for use in high-performance composite applications.

Design/Simulation

Markforged, MSC Software partner on 3D printer simulation tools

Customers will have increased access to MSC’s process simulation, performance modeling and material analysis tools for Markforged 3D printers.  

Carbon Fibers

The challenge of identifying test procedures for recycled carbon fiber composites

With growing use of recycled carbon fiber composites, the identification of mechanical testing procedures for rCF becomes increasingly important … and challenging.

Automotive

2019 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards winners announced

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

Thermoplastics

Additive Molding promises mass-produced high-performance composites

Arris Composites introduces a patent-pending technology that manufactures high-performance thermoplastic composite components with a combination of additive manufacturing technology and high-speed compression molding. Has mass production of advanced composite components finally arrived?

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.