IACMI project trials inline production of thermoplastic tapes reinforced with textile-based PAN carbon fiber.
IACMI’s Dale Brosius and Uday Vaidya talk about the first five years of the organization, how it has evolved and what the future might hold as IACMI continues its quest to help drive composite materials and process growth.
Produced via AFP and precision press molded results in a high-strength carbon epoxy composite beam with 10-15% higher stiffness in the axial direction.
Collaboration between AramcoTech and ITA aims to investigate ways to reduce manufacturing costs of polyacrylonitrile (PAN)- and polyethylene (PE)-based technologies.
The multi-functional melt spinning system facilitates the development of precursor synthetic textile materials, as well as biodegradable composite materials.
The oven and furnace system will be used in carbon fiber precursor research at the University of British Columbia.
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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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.
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.
SIROPAN precursor aims for >20% increase in carbon fiber properties with increased control via RAFT polymerization, FLOW processing and novel metrology.
Innovative composite materials trim mass, costs and noise on the high-volume mid-engine sports car.
BASF’s ABS plastic, carbon PET and recycled PET are now offered for use with Cincinnati Inc.’s Small Area Additive Manufacturing Machine.
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.
Senior Editor, CompositesWorld
The CAPSTONE CubeSat is scheduled for launch from Virginia, U.S. in 2021.
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.
Enabling a circular economy approach to advanced composites innovation, manufacturing and use, Part 1
In part 1 of a two-month column, IACMI chief technology officer Uday Vaidya reflects on the organization’s efforts to reduce the embodied energy of composites.
A collegiate Formula SAE racing team used Windform carbon fiber-filled composite materials and laser sintering technology to streamline part design.
Columnist Dale Brosius considers the potential and uncertain role of composites in aerospace, automotive and other markets in the coming decade.