Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha 2.0 launch vehicle, designed to deliver satellites into low Earth orbit, gets a composites makeover in pursuit of larger payload capacity and more cost-effective performance.
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Eighth-generation vehicle sports more composites, and features parts produced using unique materials and processes.
Unlike automotive driveshafts, automotive output shafts cannot leverage shaft length as a factor when making the case for composites. Instead, other beneficial features have made a composite output shaft able to compete with metal shafts, especially in electric vehicles.
Tight tolerances drive design and engineering of large-format composite component and dishes to create unique satellite structures.
A manufacturing method that integrates filament winding with axil winding of 0-degree fibers opens new design options in industrial automated equipment.
Three decades of lessons learned using corrosion-resistant glass fiber-reinforced composites in piping at SABIC’s Netherlands chlorine production plant.
High unit volume and low weight requirements for electric bus battery enclosures fueled development of TRB Lightweight Structures’ specialized epoxy system and automated composites production line.
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Shift from steel to carbon fiber/glass fiber composites extends sprayer boom arm width, lowers weight, reduces cost and enhances productivity.
Aiming to increase the cost-weight viability of carbon fiber-reinforced composite structural components in railway vehicles, a prototype rail bogie prominently features recycled carbon fiber.
Multi-company collaboration uses xFK in 3D and additive manufacturing to develop an ultra-lightweight seat for hypercars and future mobility platforms.
Continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites enable high-performance athletic shoe components.
Inspired by design elements found in racing catamarans and employing composite structures in innovative ways, Compmillennia has rolled out a fishing/excursion cat that uniquely combines high speed, great fuel economy and a smooth ride.
Wind turbine blade architecture is so well established that it’s difficult to imagine there might be a better alternative. ACT Blade’s skeleton-based design is a step in that direction.
Employing new manufacturing techniques and the design freedom they create, GKN Fokker has joined forces with Gulfstream to assess thermoplastic composites for primary aircraft structures.
CarbonPro, the first thermoplastic composite box, boosts damage resistance, reduces mass 28 kg, scales to high production volumes.
GMT protection buys time for offboarding emergency services call before battery shorts out.
New approach combines thermoplastic pultrusions with injection overmolding in a two-step, 75-second process.
Recycled composites, additive manufacturing and 3D printing enhance form, function of fun-to-drive personal transport.
Innovative composite materials trim mass, costs and noise on the high-volume mid-engine sports car.
Taking advantage of carbon fiber/PEEK mechanical and thermal performance, the Technical University of Munich replaces an aluminum rocket module with a 40+% lighter composite alternative.
Project leads to development of new compression process for selective application of D-LFT on UD tape laminates.
Multifunctional chassis design and novel composites processes enable lighter, longer-range, safer electric vehicles.
Cored composites add the strength, smoothness and portability needed for a container built to ship satellites over air, land and water.
3D woven fabric enables scalable, tailorable heatshield that cuts cost, boosts performance for future spacecraft.
Channeling out the great quantities of water that flow into Spain’s Pajares railway tunnels in the Cantabria Mountain range required an award-winning composites innovation.