IACMI project trials inline production of thermoplastic tapes reinforced with textile-based PAN carbon fiber.
Collaboration between AramcoTech and ITA aims to investigate ways to reduce manufacturing costs of polyacrylonitrile (PAN)- and polyethylene (PE)-based technologies.
Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.
Boeing-led program explores simulation, tooling, preforming and molding approaches to lower composites part cost.
4M Carbon Fiber, working with textile-grade polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor producer Dralon GbmH, has used its plasma oxidation technology to manufacture large-diameter carbon fiber.
Graphene (0.075 weight %) added to PAN precursor exhibited 225% increase in carbon fiber tensile strength and 184% increase in modulus.
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.
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SIROPAN precursor aims for >20% increase in carbon fiber properties with increased control via RAFT polymerization, FLOW processing and novel metrology.
A manufacturing method that integrates filament winding with axil winding of 0-degree fibers opens new design options in industrial automated equipment.
Highly-aligned, short-fiber Tailorable Universal Feedstock for Forming achieves aerospace properties, metal-like formability in zero-waste, fiber-to-parts pilot plant.
Bond-Laminates’ continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite has passed flammability tests for car interiors.
Promising results following application of 4M Carbon Fiber’s plasma oxidation technology to make carbon fiber using polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor supplied by Formosa Plastics Corp.
The European Composites Industry Association’s Eco Impact Calculator is a free life cycle assessment tool to calculate a composite part’s ecological footprint.
An evolving landscape of automation, sensors and AI software is not an end, but a means to achieve the cost, quality, efficiency and agility required for future manufacturing.
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The Spain-based company is investing in production of a PAN precursor for conversion to carbon fiber with semi-aerospace quality, and building of a flexible carbonization line.
Zoltek is first in the industry to use “green” electricity to produce a portion of its heavy-tow carbon fiber.
A collegiate Formula SAE racing team used Windform carbon fiber-filled composite materials and laser sintering technology to streamline part design.
A Bureau Veritas audit of LeMond Carbon’s carbon fiber, made with a novel rapid-oxidation technology, shows mechanical properties comparable to Toray T300 fiber.
The process uses algae to convert CO2 from the atmosphere and manufacturing exhaust into algae oil, which is then used to produce polyacrylonitrile (PAN) carbon fiber precursor.
The scale, precision, speed and quality of carbon fiber manufacture has evolved substantially since the material’s modern introduction in the late 1960s. Hexcel offers a glimpse of the state of the art today.
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.
On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, columnist Dale Brosius reflects on the past and future of advanced composites use in spacecraft.
JiangSu TiWin Composites Co. Ltd. develops composites technology both for equipment and products including prepreg, fabrics and composite parts.
BFG Africa’s new factory to boost Africa-wide environment-friendly composites fiberglass design and manufacturing.
The Angeloni Group combines four companies with expertise in the carbon fiber composite supply chain into one vertically integrated group.