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Automotive

CompoTech launches standard range for carbon finer epoxy beams

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.

Saudi Aramco accelerates carbon fiber research to reduce manufacturing cost

Collaboration between AramcoTech and ITA aims to investigate ways to reduce manufacturing costs of polyacrylonitrile (PAN)- and polyethylene (PE)-based technologies.

Thermoplastics

Fibre Extrusion Technology FET-100 series reaches $20 million in sales

The multi-functional melt spinning system facilitates the development of precursor synthetic textile materials, as well as biodegradable composite materials.

Processes

Glossary

Glossary of composites terms

Testing

Virtual testing validates Harper International precursor processing equipment

The oven and furnace system will be used in carbon fiber precursor research at the University of British Columbia.

Manufacturing the complex geometry parts of RAPM

Boeing-led program explores simulation, tooling, preforming and molding approaches to lower composites part cost.

Carbon Fibers

4M demonstrates large-diameter carbon fiber production

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.

Carbon Fibers

Graphene-reinforced carbon fibers may offer path to stronger, cheaper composites

Graphene (0.075 weight %) added to PAN precursor exhibited 225% increase in carbon fiber tensile strength and 184% increase in modulus.

Defense

CSIRO: Developing higher-quality, higher-strength, lower-cost carbon fibers

SIROPAN precursor aims for >20% increase in carbon fiber properties with increased control via RAFT polymerization, FLOW processing and novel metrology.

Automotive

Cincinnati Inc. to offer BASF 3D printing materials for SAAM HT

BASF’s ABS plastic, carbon PET and recycled PET are now offered for use with Cincinnati Inc.’s Small Area Additive Manufacturing Machine.

Filament Winding

Composite T-boom accelerates industrial automation

A manufacturing method that integrates filament winding with axil winding of 0-degree fibers opens new design options in industrial automated equipment.

Fabrics/Preforms

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 1: Feedstock

Highly-aligned, short-fiber Tailorable Universal Feedstock for Forming achieves aerospace properties, metal-like formability in zero-waste, fiber-to-parts pilot plant.

Automotive

Tepex thermoplastic composites demonstrate fire resistance for EVs

Bond-Laminates’ continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite has passed flammability tests for car interiors.

Carbon Fibers

4M reveals progress with plasma oxidation for carbon fiber production

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.

Carbon Fibers

EuCIA announces addition of new carbon fiber data to Eco Impact Calculator

The European Composites Industry Association’s Eco Impact Calculator is a free life cycle assessment tool to calculate a composite part’s ecological footprint.

Aerospace

Rocket Launch awarded NASA contract for lunar CubeSat launch

The CAPSTONE CubeSat is scheduled for launch from Virginia, U.S. in 2021.

Carbon Fibers

Montefibre Carbon receives €11.5 million in new funding to develop aerospace-grade carbon fiber

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. 

Carbon Fibers

"Green" carbon fiber: Renewable energy powers fiber production

Zoltek is first in the industry to use “green” electricity to produce a portion of its heavy-tow carbon fiber.

Wind/Energy

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.

Additive Manufacturing

3D printing, composite materials enable motorsports design flexibility

A collegiate Formula SAE racing team used Windform carbon fiber-filled composite materials and laser sintering technology to streamline part design.

Compression Molding

The coming decade: Clarity with a strong dose of uncertainty

Columnist Dale Brosius considers the potential and uncertain role of composites in aerospace, automotive and other markets in the coming decade.

Aerospace

The markets: Fuels cells and batteries (2020)

Although fuel-cell powered vehicles could still be in the automotive future, growth will be measured, and so will the market there for composite components. Composites for electric vehicle battery packs and hydrogen tanks for fuel cell vehicles will be the more immediate opportunity.

Nanomaterials

Radiophysicists study the properties of composites for 5G devices

Radiophysicists at Tomsk State University are forming a database of composite materials properties for creation of 5G and space communication devices.

ATL/AFP

The markets: Aerospace (2020)

With the 737 MAX grounded, the global aerospace supply chain was thrown into disarray in 2019. Still, several new programs on the horizon portend increasing composites use in commercial aerostructures for coming decades.