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Carbon Fibers

Classic Recreations uses carbon fiber for GT500CR Mustang

Classic Recreations’ limited-edition Shelby GT500CR Carbon Edition cars is said to mark the first extensive use of carbon fiber in an American muscle car.

National Composites Week: Why are composites essential?

On the last day of the 2020 National Composites Week, composites professionals tell us why they think composites are essential. A million thanks to everyone who participated.

Consumer

Novo Navis develops process to manufacture 3D woven, machinable carbon fiber

The ability to create solid blocks of woven carbon fiber presents the opportunity to create complex load bearing structures for aerospace applications.

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: Toray Performance Materials Corp.

Toray Performance Materials Corp. is featuring its line of high-performance, high-volume, carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite materials.

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: DH Sutherland

DH Sutherland is introducing technologies for chemical application and the manufacture of protective armor.

Natural Fibers

Sustainable date palm fibers developed from agricultural waste

Developed by an Egyptian research consortium, PalmFil fibers and nonwovens have been developed for use in automotive composite applications and more.

Automotive

Kordsa expands thermoplastic prepreg lineup

The new woven prepregs are offered with polypropylene or polyamide resin matrices in sheets up to 1.2 by 1.2 meters.

Filament Winding

Engineering Technology launches servo tensioner for filament winding

The ST2 system, tested with pitch carbon fiber and alumina fiber, enables high-speed wet, dry and towpreg winding.

Automotive

Bio-based hybrid tapes assessed for lightweight applications

A project of AZL’s partner institute, ITA,  integrates flax fiber reinforcement with a PA11 resin matrix. Targeted end markets include automotive and wind energy. 

Design/Simulation

Composites-intensive masterwork: 2020 Corvette, Part 1

Eighth-generation vehicle sports more composites, and features parts produced using unique materials and processes.

Automotive

The untapped potential in Formula 1 composite manufacture

Formula 1’s midfield teams are struggling to bridge the gap to their better resourced frontrunning counterparts. Could Industry 4.0 composites manufacturing automation level the playing field?

Processes

Glossary

Glossary of composites terms

Prepregs

Hyperjoint: additive metal + composites = stronger, tougher joints

Eliminates drilling holes with lap shear 60% higher than bolted joints and almost twice that of bonded joints.

Carbon Fibers

Plant tour: Hexcel, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

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.

Marine

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.

Automotive

Sigmatex and Hypetex launch colored carbon fiber solutions

The partnership will apply Hypetex’s carbon fiber colorization technologies with Sigmatex’s sigmaDesign product.

Defense

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming

Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.

Pultrusion

Material choices for the Corvette rear bumper beam

From fabrics to resins, a number of new combinations of materials went into the making of the world’s first curved pultruded automotive part.

Marine

Hexcel HexPly M79 prepregs receive DNV GL Type Approval Certification

The new verification allows the materials to be used in all DNV GL classed vessels.

Thermoplastics

RAPM development with PtFS

Boeing-led program explores rapid part cycles using automated, 180-channel thermal control molding cell for infusion, thermoset prepreg and thermoplastic composites.

Glass Fibers

Third patent issued for flexible thermoplastic prepreg

Technology enabling wider tapes and easier weaving/braiding for void-free laminates now offered by Precept One LLC

ATL/AFP

Cevotec upgrades SAMBA Fiber Patch Placement cells for production of large aerostructures

New features enable increased efficiency for curved structures using biaxial and quasi-isotropic laminates.

Marine

Hexcel materials, distribution partner selected for Gunboat 68 yacht

A range of Hexcel HiMax carbon fiber multiaxials and PrimeTex spread tow woven fabrics enhance an all-carbon-fiber luxury catamaran.

Fabrics/Preforms

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.