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National Composites Week: Why are composites essential?

On the last day of the 2020 National Composites Week, composites professionals tell us why they think composites are essential. A million thanks to everyone who participated.

Carbon Fibers

National Composites Week: Sustainability

As we celebrate National Composites Week, here are just a few of the many ways the composites industry is working toward a sustainable world.

Construction

USQ holds composite rebar workshop

Internationally-renowned expert provides Australian civil and composite engineers with workshop on the use of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials in infrastructure.

Construction

Passion, persistence and patience – winning the long game

The American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and others have been pushing for the widespread use of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) rebar in infrastructure construction for decades. Now, the industry is starting to see some major wins.

CAMX Expo

Special events round out CAMX experience

CAMX offers several special events for show-goers, which may fit your schedule.

Epoxies

CAMX 2018 preview: Olin

Epoxy manufacturer Olin Corp. (Clayton, MO, US) is unveiling several new technologies for composite applications, which will be shown in finished products on display in Olin’s booth

Automotive

Can we achieve global standards for composites?

It is the relative lack of such standards that presents one of the highest hurdles to composites adoption, and also is incredibly difficult to address.

Poly/Vinyl Esters

Pultruded composites market growing, says EPTA

The European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA, Frankfurt, Germany) has published an in-depth report on its highly successful 2018 conference, held in Vienna on March 1-2, 2018. The 12-page document, World Pultrusion Conference 2018: Attractive Long-Term Prospects for Pultruded Composites, is available to download from the EPTA website.

Epoxies

Five highlights from JEC World 2018

It’s not Spring without a trip to Paris, France for the JEC World 2018 composites conference. It’s become a very big show, and thus, offers some big announcements and some developing trends.

Construction

KraussMaffei opens second R&D pultrusion line

KraussMaffei’s TechCenter in Munich now features two pultrusion lines, one to fabricate rebar and the other to fabricate flat profiles.

Construction

Composite fendering piles fit the bill

Composites replace wood in New Jersey marine fender project.

Another opportunity to meet, and learn, in Paris

At the JEC World 2017, improvements in materials and processes were present at nearly every stand, with the emphasis on automotive-capable production speeds.

Thermoplastics

EPTA’s World Pultrusion Conference spotlights innovation

The European Pultrusion Technology Assn. (EPTA) held its bi-annual World Pultrusion Conference, March 3-4, in Prague, Czech Republic.

Marine

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.

Construction

How have composite bridges measured up?

The latest US highway bill includes a provision to assess performance of composite bridges built years ago, bridges that CW wrote about.

Construction

Composite rebar strengthens riverbed “catfish houses”

Basalt-reinforced polyester rebar eliminates rust and spalling and extends the useful life of concrete catfish spawning and habitat units in Chicago River environmental restoration effort.

Construction

The markets: Civil infrastructure (2015)

Aging infrastructure offers a potentially huge market for composite material, but the pace of adoption is halting, at best, due to continuing budgetary concern about the upfront cost of composites.

Automotive

The fiber (2015)

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.

Construction

The markets: Civil infrastructure (2014)

Aging infrastructure offers a potentially huge market for composite materials.

Construction

GFRP rebar replaces steel in parking garage

Composite rebar in replacement concrete slab the key in life-extending and less-costly structural rehabilitation project.

Construction

FRP rebar: Shear reinforcement and detailing

This second column taken from my new book Composites for Construction — Structural Design with FRP Materials (published by John Wiley & Sons Inc., New York, N.Y.) focuses on the design of concrete members that have FRP main tension reinforcing bars and are subjected to transverse shear forces (Chapter 6) and FRP reinforcement detail design (Chapter 7).The flexural concrete members that fall into the scope of this column are slabs and beams.

Glass Fibers

A hidden revolution: composite rebar gains strength

Fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) replacing coated steel in more reinforced-concrete applications.

Looking for butt-kickers

HPC editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan is looking for that larger-than-life bridge builder or automaker that is willing to take a Boeing-like composites plunge so everyone else takes a whipping for a bit and has to get onboard to keep up.

Epoxies

Composite vs. corrosion: Battling for marketshare

Market trends and tighter budgets are helping to expand the use of composites to repair and replace corrosion-damaged infrastructure — aboveground and underground.