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Automotive

Episode 37: Ian Wilson, DASIS

Ian Wilson, CEO of Develop and Supply In-Sync (DASIS), talks about his history as a CNC specialist for Formula One and his introduction to composites manufacturing.

Marine

Zero-emissions cargo ship to be powered by hydrogen and wind

The ship, to be developed by Norwegian partners along with rotor sail developer Norsepower, is expected to enter service in 2024.

Design/Simulation

Composites for structural batteries

Researchers in Sweden find carbon fiber composites can be used for creating structural batteries that could help minimize mass in EVs and consumer electronics.

Prepregs

Toray announces new AMS specification for CMA 3900 prepreg system

New family of structural prepregs are now available with an extensive public allowable design database.

Design/Simulation

FLOKI 6.5 mini racing yacht integrates bio-based Sicomin GreenPoxy resins

Staying true to the roots of its racing class, FLOKI 6.5 is built entirely from bio-based/recyclable raw materials without compromising on performance or processability.

Aerospace

University of Delaware TuFF composite material shows high potential for UAM

High-performance, short-fiber composite offers aerospace-grade properties with the potential to offer costs and production rates similar to those found in the automotive industry.

Thermoplastics

DLR launches EmpowerAX to industrialize continuous fiber 3D printing

Global, industry-diversified platform will increase access to additive extrusion (AX) technologies and accelerate technology transfer for users and providers.

Urban Air Mobility

Solvay, Vertical Aerospace expand on UAM agreement

Composite materials supplier Solvay Composite Materials and urban air mobility (UAM) manufacturer Vertical Aerospace offer details about materials, process use in VA-1X aircraft.

Wind/Energy

Iberdrola plans first industrial-scale floating offshore wind farm in Spain

The 2,000-MW project is part of the 150 initiatives presented for Spanish industrial and employment transformation. Could generate 2,800+ jobs/year, involve 52 Spanish SMEs, with €1 billion investment.

Infusion

The path to OOA wings with minimal fasteners

A review of the quest to eliminate both the autoclave and mechanical fasteners in composite wing structures.

Glass Fibers

Glass fiber supply chain struggles amid pandemic, economic recovery

Transportation issues, rising demands and other factors have led to higher costs or delays for gun rovings and more. Suppliers and Gardner Intelligence share their perspectives.

Wind/Energy

GE to research AM for wind turbine blades

Twenty-five-month project to couple low-cost thermoplastic skin with AM for high-performance wind blade designs to be used on large rotors.

Hi-Temp Resins

Commercializing UV-curable thermosets for continuous fiber 3D printing

Strategic partners Continuous Composites and Arkema/Sartomer are developing a library of photocurable resins for use in a variety of OOA, high-speed, high-performance composite applications.

Wind/Energy

Episode 36: Dale Brosius and Uday Vaidya, IACMI

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.

Materials

Recycling end-of-life composite parts: New methods, markets

From infrastructure solutions to consumer products, Polish recycler Anmet and Netherlands-based researchers are developing new methods for repurposing wind turbine blades and other composite parts.

Aerospace

Boeing conducts inspections of 787 composite inner fuselage skin

Boeing reports that it is checking the flatness of inner fuselage skins on all undelivered 787s to verify structural integrity.

Pratt & Whitney to produce advanced metal and CMC turbine airfoils in North Carolina

New 1 million-square-foot production facility follows CMC R&D center and publicized strategy for next-gen engines.

Energy Storage

Maine, U.K. sign agreement to advance offshore wind cooperation

The commitment outlines strengthening offshore wind and green hydrogen supply chains via clean, innovative technologies to meet ambitious carbon neutrality goals and promote and foster sustainable growth.  

Natural Fibers

CSP Advanced Materials Center unveils composite battery enclosure and material innovations

Transition into broader R&D capabilities include honeycomb manufacturing process for ultra-lightweight Class A panels and a full-sized, multi-material battery enclosure featuring a one-piece composite cover.

Additive Manufacturing

3D-printed prefab homes aim to disrupt construction market

California startup Mighty Buildings’ award-winning prefabricated building production process relies on large-format 3D printing, UV-curable resins, digital design and automation.

Carbon Fibers

GE launches Cypress 6.0-164 onshore wind turbine

GE’s most powerful onshore wind turbine available, features two-piece carbon fiber blade for flexible logistic solutions, increases annual energy production by 11%.

Carbon Fibers

Toray, Joby Aviation finalize long-term carbon fiber supply agreement

Toray carbon fiber materials will be used throughout the eVTOL aircraft structure, propulsion systems and interior components, with hopes to bring it to commercial operation as early as 2023.

Thermoplastics

Episode 35: Lisa Ketelsen, Covestro

CW Talks visits with Lisa Ketelsen, head of thermoplastic composites and CEO of Maezio at Covestro. Ketelsen talks about her path to Covestro and the Maezio product line, Maezio’s attributes and applications, and how she sees thermoplastic composites evolving in the marketplace.

Automotive

NCC, Ford partner to lightweight Ford Transit van

The award-winning CHASSIS project aims to lightweight three van components, a step toward reduced emissions and affordable mainstream autocomposites.

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