Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The laboratory's carbon fiber work is focused on reducing production cost of industrial-grade carbon fiber to enable widespread deployment in high-volume, cost-sensitive energy applications.

1 Bethel Valley Rd.
PO Box 2008, MS-6196
Oak Ridge, TN 37831 US

Connect

As Seen In CompositesWorld

Hinckley Yachts’ Dasher features carbon fiber/epoxy construction and electric propulsion

The markets: Boatbuilding and marine (2019)
NMMA’s top trends for 2018 include more accessible and versatile recreational watercraft for families, an increase in saltwater and freshwater fishing boat sales, and increased sales for cruisers. Electric propulsion and 3D-printed hulls and molds are also gaining momentum.

CAMX 2018 Large-scale Thermoset 3D Printing

CAMX 2018: Big changes coming
3D printing goes thermoset, pultrusion aims at automotive, a polyester resin with Tg>250°C and much more from the Dallas exhibit floor.

Musings on my first CAMX
Insights and inspiration from the 2018 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo which was held in Dallas, TX, US last week. 

chopped recycled carbon fiber

IACMI consortium aims to close the loop on automotive carbon fiber prepreg scrap
Carbon fiber recycling start up Vartega leads a project to close the loop on automotive carbon fiber prepreg manufacturing scrap for use in new automotive applications.

composites and advanced materials

2018 CAMX Award finalists announced
The winning entries will be announced and presented during the General Session at CAMX on Tuesday, Oct.16 in Dallas, TX, US.

large 3D printer

Ingersoll showcases 3D printed winglet layup tool at IMTS
The part was printed with large 3D printing technology developed by Ingersoll Machine Tools and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

advanced composites manufacturing

IACMI and ORNL showcase additive manufacturing advancements at IMTS
Demonstration followed the journey of an additively manufactured metal die as it was 3D printed, machined and used to mold advanced composite parts.

smart composite pressure vessel

IACMI announces collaborative smart composite pressure vessel project
The goal of the collaboration is to develop structurally predictable, low-cost smart composite pressure vessels (SCPVs) with integrated health-monitoring.

Carbon Fiber 2018

Carbon Fiber 2018 issues call for papers
The Carbon Fiber 2018 conference will be held Dec. 4 – Dec. 6, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla in San Diego, CA, US.

Additive manufacturing: Big and going commercial
A demonstration of large-format 3D printing delivers parts for an excavator cab, from CAD data to ready for assembly, in only five hours.

4M, ORNL and RMX Technologies to manufacture low-cost carbon fiber from textile PAN
The project’s objective is to demonstrate that standard modulus carbon fiber can be made from textile grade PAN precursor using less energy and processing time.

spread tow applications

The spread of spread tow
Advancing from “lighter and thinner” to boosting strength, stiffness, impact resistance and productivity, spread tow unlocks new applications and markets.

ORNL

MVP and ORNL install first commercially available medium/large-scale thermoset 3D printer
MVP engaged with ORNL to create a 3D printer capable of printing large-scale thermosets, chemistries that are irreversibly cured from a prepolymer or resin.

CompositesWorld logo

ORNL offering additive manufacturing/composites post-doc
The postdoctoral position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will conduct research in additive manufacturing related to advancement of current technologies, implementation of new processes, and development of material systems.

CAMX 2017: Highlights from the floor
3D printing and nanotechnology developments promise to cut time and cost in composite structures production while recycling and sustainability continue to grow in importance.

CompositesWorld Carbon Fiber 2017 conference highlights

Carbon Fiber 2017 final highlights
Applications and enabling technologies for carbon fiber promise new market penetration – challenges notwithstanding.

Tooling: 3D printing’s “killer app”
If 3D printing can be scaled to make tools for composite auto body panels ... it will be transformative

Coal as an avenue to low-cost carbon fibers
An update on efforts to produce pitch-based fibers from low-cost coal.

Composites and Industry 4.0: Where are we?
As the tide of the Fourth Industrial Revolution rolls in, how will composite manufacturers ride the wave?

IACMI project to focus on recycled fibers in Class A parts
The project, led by BASF, will work to develop materials and process for the use of recycled discontinuous fibers and thermoplastics in an induction heating-based process for the manufacture of Class A automotive body panels.

Product Categories of Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • Materials analysis
  • Product design
  • Testing
    • Testing, materials
    • Testing, product