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NCC, Network Rail join to construct composite footbridge

The U.K.’s National Composites Centre (NCC) and National Rail are teaming up to develop a composite footbridge with reduced cost and greenhouse gas emissions.

Carbon Fibers

GeoTree Solutions to distribute Owens Corning CFRP rebar

GeoTree Solutions is now a licensed distributor of Owens Corning’s Aslan 200 carbon fiber polymer reinforcement bars.

Marine

KW Special Projects opens facility at Silverstone Park

KW Special Projects is constructing a state-of-the-art Digital Manufacturing Centre in the U.K.’s Silverstone Park. The facility will include support for polymer and metal additive manufacturing.

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.

Construction

Royal DSM presents glass-filled polypropylene granules for 3D printing

The glass-filled polypropylene (PP), optimized for fused granulated fabrication (FGF) is suitable for additive manufacturing of structural and demanding applications.

Design/Simulation

AIT Bridges ships first composite bridge system to the West Coast

Comprised of 12 fiberglass composite arches, the bridge was spliced, transported and reassembled on-site, expediting the building process.

401 Tech Bridge completes $6 million funding round

The U.S. Economic Development Administration grant will help support construction of an Advanced Materials and Technology Center in Portsmouth. 

Design/Simulation

TFP highlights basalt veil and intumescent fire protection materials

Technical Fibre Products’ basalt veil is ideal for high-temperature performance, and its Technofire fire protection materials extensively protect underlying structures from heat.

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: Structural Composites, Compsys

Structural Composites and Compsys Inc. are featuring low-cost, high-performance composite material innovations.

Aerospace

Fill completes new center for digitalization and software engineering

Future Zone in Austria explores future of production machines, system intelligence, and virtual and real symbiosis.

Thermoplastics

3D printed FRP footbridge paves way for circular composites

The thermoplastic composite footbridge incorporates a short glass fiber-filled PET specifically designed for 3D printing.  

Construction

FRP cantilever sidewalks help fill demand for wider sidewalks

According to Composite Advantage, physical distancing requirements have boosted demand for 15-foot sidewalks, presenting an opportunity for FRP panels.

Design/Simulation

PlasmaBound completes €1.1 million investment round

Ireland-based PlasmaBound has developed controlled polymer ablation (CPA) technology, which joins structural adhesives to composites materials.

People in Composites: June 2020

Siemens Gamesa, Composites for Europe, SPE, Lockheed Martin and more announce management changes. 

Consumer

AnalySwift launches VABS software on Altair Partner Alliance platform

VABS software enables cost-effective simulation for composite rotor blades, tubes and other slender composite structures. 

Automotive

The untapped potential in Formula 1 composite manufacture

Formula 1’s midfield teams are struggling to bridge the gap to their better resourced frontrunning counterparts. Could Industry 4.0 composites manufacturing automation level the playing field?

CAMX Expo

Episode 32: Gregg Balko, SAMPE

Gregg Balko, CEO of SAMPE since 2004, is retiring on July 1, 2020. CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan talks to Gregg about his tenure at SAMPE, changes he led and how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the trade show and conference business — including SAMPE’s.

Carbon Fibers

Fiber Polymer Composites in Construction conference scheduled for 2021

FPCC is a collaborative conference between Composites UK and Fluency Marketing and will be held Sept. 7-9, 2021, at the University of Southampton.

Construction

FRP sunshades developed for San Francisco retrofit

The 53-year-old office building possesses about 680 FRP hoods, which improve poor daylighting.

In memoriam: Longtime CW writer Sara Black dies at 66

Sara Black joined CompositesWorld in 1999 and for the next 20 years embodied the intelligence, curiosity, respect, diligence and accuracy that the publication strove to deliver to its audience.

Carbon Fibers

German railway bridge suspended on CFRP hangers

The 72 CFRP hangers on the 127-meter-long railway bridge met installation, mass and sustainability goals. 

Glass Fibers

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art uses GFRP base isolation system

The GFRP panels enable the building’s curvilinear shape and are lightweight enough for the base isolation system to rock in the event of an earthquake. 

RS Technologies establishes new composite utility pole production facility

The 237,000-square-foot production facility in St. George, Utah, U.S. will enable increased production capacity for the Canada-based company.

Molds/Tools

Composite Advantage rehabilitates Atlanta pedestrian bridges

Fiber-reinforced polymer (FPR) is applied to pedestrian bridge infrastructure in Atlanta. The corrosion-resistant composite minimizes maintenance and provides a more durable surface.