CAMX 2019 preview: Ashland
Ashland Global Holdings (Columbus, Ohio, U.S.) is featuring truck and transportation components used for tailgating and other applications. Ashland’s Pliogrip structural adhesives have been specified for use in bonding and the assembly of mixed materials joining and virtually any application that requires a strong, reliable bond such as transportation, aerospace, infrastructure, industrial and aftermarket repair applications. Pliogrip structural adhesives reportedly enable bonding of dissimilar substrates, mitigate bond line read-through on thin Class A parts, improve productivity while eliminating residual container waste, and adhere low energy substrates without the use of primers. Booth H42.
The drive to boost aircraft operating efficiency continues to fuel adoption of polymer matrix composites in jet engines.
The use of continuous fiber in additive manufacturing systems is not trivial, but it is being done. As this fabrication technology evolves and matures, options for applying it in everything from automotive to aerospace to consumer composites will expand tremendously, creating a host of new opportunities for the composites industry. Read here for who is providing what kind of additive manufacturing technology for use in composites fabrication.
Boeing and Airbus each is generating as much as a 1 million lb of cured and uncured carbon fiber prepreg waste each year from 787 and A350 XWB production. If you include the entire supply chain for these planes, the total is closer to 4 million lb/year. And with the automotive industry poised to consume (and waste) more carbon fiber than ever, recycling of composite materials has become an absolute necessity. The technology is there, but the markets are not. Yet.