#WEAVING

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.

Wind/Energy

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. 

Processes

Glossary

Glossary of composites terms

Aerospace

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.

Construction

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.

Compression Molding

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.

Carbon Fibers

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.

Aerospace

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.

Carbon 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

Aerospace

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.

Carbon Fibers

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.

Hi-Temp Resins

Composites in the race to space

Advanced materials use in current and upcoming NASA missions.

Consumer

Carbon fiber tapes enhance performance of cross-country skis

A ski manufacturer uses Hexcel dry carbon fiber tapes to increase cross-country ski performance, manufacturing efficiency and surface finish.

Marine

New Hexcel materials target marine, automotive, sporting goods

Hexcel is showcasing new composites technologies and parts that have been developed for the marine, automotive and sport industries.

Fabrics/Preforms

Bally Ribbon Mills technology features infusion for 3D woven joints

Woven fabrics manufacturer Bally Ribbon Mills is highlighting its film infusion capabilities for 3D woven joints woven thermal protection systems and more.

Defense

Spirit AeroSystems acquires Fiber Materials Inc.

FMI is an industry-leading technology company specializing in high-temperature materials and composites for defense.

Wind/Energy

Corrosion-resistant composite piping over the long haul

Three decades of lessons learned using corrosion-resistant glass fiber-reinforced composites in piping at SABIC’s Netherlands chlorine production plant.

Consumer

Greener camping: Sonic X breaks barriers

Prototype travel trailer generates excitement, leads to new commercial models.

Carbon Fibers

JEC World 2020 preview: Biteam

Biteam, a 3D weaving specialist, is featuring a new carbon fiber-based, small, cross-sectioned, profiled, tapered tube reinforcement for producing a stiff and lightweight composite structure.