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The Alpha launch vehicle: Designing performance in, cost out
Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha 2.0 launch vehicle, designed to deliver satellites into low Earth orbit, gets a composites makeover in pursuit of larger payload capacity and more cost-effective performance.
TU Munich gears up for full-scale Hyperloop demonstrator
As a new, university-directed research program, the Technical University of Munich Hyperloop team works to scale up its SpaceX competition-winning pod design.
9T Labs, ANSYS partner on composite design and simulation tools
A combination of software provides an integrated design and simulation workflow for 3D printing complex composite parts.
A clean technology for clean, zero-emissions buses
Monocoque composite body designed to support all bus loads.
MultiMech 18.0 features improved accuracy and speed
MultiMech 18.0 empowers engineers to perform faster, smarter and more realistic analysis of composites.
Consolidating thermoplastic composite aerostructures in place, Part 1
After more than 30 years of development, in-situ consolidation is nearing its promise to eliminate fasteners and the autoclave, and enable an integrated, multifunctional airframe.
Converting the structural chassis to composites
Germany’s largest producer of GRP leaf springs for cars and trucks broadens its product range to CFRP stabilizer bars, which cut weight 50% vs. steel.
Software Update: Simulation saves
A look inside the increasingly well-equipped virtual toolbox for composite design, analysis, and manufacturing.
Tailored Fiber Placement: Besting metal in volume production
Affordable automated production of highly optimized preforms and parts.
Designing for high pressure: Large-diameter underground pipe
Careful analysis is needed to ensure success of buried composite piping for industrial applications.
Carrier-capable, all-composite external fuel tank
Legacy product positions builder for a shot at an F-35 contract.
Digital design, RTM update aircraft propeller
Second-generation type-certified propeller delivers for Cirrus Aircraft’s SR-22 at a more affordable price.
Metal-matrix composites used to lighten military brake drums
Century Inc.'s combination metal-matrix composite (MMC)/aluminum brake drum is a lightweight alternative to cast iron and steel brake drums in military vehicles.
Residential construction breakthrough: Composites find a home
Composite materials get the go-ahead for an unconventional but code-compliant California house.
FEA facilitates custom megayacht design
Modeling software and design ingenuity meet vibration challenges in ocean-going luxury yacht.
Regional buses boost CFRP in alternative energy
Diesel-to-fuel-cell bus conversions signal potential niche for composites in public transit powertrains.
Team-built bus body bests all
OEM meets tight development schedule on superlight multipart molded shell to offset propulsion system weight in fuel cell-powered transit bus.
Pultruding cost out of aerospace parts
Design-for-manufacturing effort proves to be cost-effective for carbon/epoxy airfoil on expendable UAV.
Composites the right choice for subsea ocean observatory
Pultruded structure provides durable platform for Deep-ocean Environmental Long-term Observatory System (DELOS) project’s groundbreaking marine study.
SMC Flexes Muscles in Other Markets
Often identified with automotive body applications, sheet molding compound shows growing promise in a variety of other temperature- and weather-resistant applications.
FEA Roundup: Design, Simulation And Analysis Converge
New modeling and analysis software products increase the accessibility and reliability of finite element analysis data.