#REGULATION

Aerospace

Electric short takeoff & landing aircraft addresses e-commerce needs

California-based Airflow's eSTOL aircraft promises cost-effective, rapid delivery of cargo within a distance range of 50-200 miles.

Natural Fibers

German racing series shifts to natural fiber application

German racing series DTM says the shift away from carbon fibers will be more cost-efficient, improve lightweighting and reduce the organization’s ecological footprint.

Carbon Fibers

Carbon fiber-reinforced concrete accelerates in Germany

TU Dresden and C3 – Carbon Concrete Composite demonstrator aims to reduce concrete material use by 50% and CO2 emissions by up to 70%; Hitexbau touts high-volume automated production for carbon fiber textile grids.

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.

Urban Air Mobility

Kitty Hawk ends eVTOL Flyer aircraft program

Designed with composite materials, the eVTOL aircraft was a major milestone for urban air mobility. 

Urban Air Mobility

China's EHang wins approval to use autonomous aerial vehicles for air logistics

The approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China enables commercial operation of the EHang 216 passenger-grade plane for cargo transport.

Automotive

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

Consumer

Quarantreat offers fast-build medical isolation studio for COVID-19 containment

Rapid dispatch design uses LitePan composite structural insulated panels and LiteTex thermoplastic composite laminates.

Dupont's Metallized Plastic Parts are Chrome-Free

The Ecoposit 95X high-throw, low-stress copper meets chrome-free regulation standards.

Epoxies

Chemical Process Services Ltd. develops greener epoxy curing agents

The Furalkamines are a new form of Mannich base curing agents said to deliver significantly enhanced cure performance for epoxy resins.

OEM Testing Matrix Review with Trivalent Chromium

Continued tightening of regulations on hexavalent chromium used in decorative plating have caused an increased interest from OEMs in the performance of trivalent chromium plating regarding extended outdoor corrosion and accelerated corrosion performance tests.  This article reports on corrosion testing results of trivalent chromium deposits with various thickness levels of chromium and various STEP values of the underlying nickel deposits.

Prepregs

CETMA: composites R&D and innovation in Italy

From design and simulation to inline inspection, induction welding, continuous compression molding and recycled carbon fiber, this lab to support industry is advancing composites in aerospace, automotive, construction and more.

Automotive

U.S. DOT, EPA set new automotive emissions, fuel efficiency standards

Under the new standards, the projected overall industry average required fuel economy in MYs 2021-2026 is 40.4 miles per gallon, compared to 46.7 mpg in MY 2025 under the 2012 standards.

Prepregs

Gurit features core materials, adhesives, resins, molds for wind, aerospace

Gurit is featuring its offerings and expertise for wind energy, composite tooling and lightweighting applications such as aerospace, rail, healthcare and marine. ​​​​​​

Epoxies

Huntsman epoxy, polyurethane resins designed for aero, auto, wind

Huntsman Advanced Materials is showcasing applications of its resin systems for the automotive, aerospace, wind energy markets.

Infusion

Composite Integration launches resin transfer molding, infusion technologies

The company’s modular infusion manifold automates the infusion process to simplify manufacture of large composite structures.

Urban Air Mobility

NASA’s Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge advances with agreement signings

Companies will develop or operate air vehicles and airspace management services to support larger goals in urban air mobility.

Carbon Fibers

SAERTEX extends carbon fiber contract with Bombardier

SAERTEX supplies textile reinforcement materials and carbon fiber noncrimp fabrics, with which Bombardier produces wingskins for the Airbus A220 aircraft at its Belfast facility.

Automotive

Teijin, Envision Virgin Racing announce multi-year partnership

The Teijin Group will develop high-performance materials and products for the team’s all-electric Formula E racecars.

Aerospace

Hengshen to develop components for C919 aircraft composite tail

Hengshen Co. and the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) will collaborate on development of specialized components for the C919 tail optimization project.

Carbon Fibers

Composites events to cover recycling, sustainability, gel coats and more

Recently announced composites events news includes new events and speaker abstract deadlines from the ACMA, AIMPLAS, KRÜSS​​​, Polynt-Reichhold and SPE.

Mass Transit

AIMPLAS develops flame-resistant resins for railway lightweighting project

As part of the European MAT4RAIL project, AIMPLAS developed flame-resistant hybrid resin formulations for composite structural components.

Prepregs

Hexcel to merge with aerospace/industrial equipment OEM Woodward

Hexcel, a major supplier of carbon fiber as well as intermediate composite materials, is joining forces with aerospace and industrial equipment manufacturer Woodward to create Woodward Hexcel, which is expected to generate annual revenues of $5.3 billion. 

EPA Moving on PFAS Regulatory Actions for Drinking Water

Agency requesting the Office of Management to review its proposed regulatory determinations for two types of PFAS.