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HIA Velo Alfa carbon fiber/Innegra bicycle

Combining materials for better bicycles
Bicycle manufacturer HIA Velo combines composite materials to make its products more durable.

Derby Rims bike racer

Making better composite bikes, Part 2
My latest blog, about HIA Velo bicycles, concerned the use of high molecular weight polypropylene (HMWPP) combined with carbon fiber for more durable bicycle frames. But there’s more to cover on this topic: bicycle rims (wheels) that combine carbon and HMWPP for greater toughness.

HIA Velo's Alfa bicycle incorporates carbon and Innegra.

Making better composite bikes in Arkansas
Bicycle manufacturer HIA Velo (Little Rock, AR, US), maker of carbon fiber bikes, is using a combination of composite materials to make their products more durable.

carbon fiber bikes

Safe cycling: Keys to composite bike design integrity
Steps bike designers and manufacturers must take to keep high-performance carbon fiber bikes safe, upright and on the road or trial.

It’s time to plan your Wisconsin trip: Oshkosh 2018 is coming

It’s time to plan your Wisconsin trip: Oshkosh 2018 is coming
The annual EAA AirVenture event is an air show/aircraft exhibition/trade show/learning opportunity/history lesson/concert venue/giant campout/Wisconsin bratfest and more. As in past years, composites industry expert and CW contributor Russ Emanis will spearhead a composites fabrication demonstration during the show.

Spread tow brings new life to legacy markets

Spread tow brings new life to legacy markets
Spread tow and thin ply open new opportunities in composites for golf shafts/driveshafts, boats and spacecraft thanks to improvements in lead time, weight and performance.

spread tow applications, carbon fiber tows

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.

TeXtreme Spread Tow Grid, ±45° reinforcement fabric.

TeXtreme introduces ±45° fabric
TeXtreme has launched a new ±45° spread tow-based fabric called Spread Tow Grid.

carbon fiber bandy stick

TeXtreme used in next generation of bandy sticks
Inxide and Eventsport collaborate to develop a new bandystick reinforced with spread tow carbon fiber from Oxeon.

Oxeon AB receives AS9100D aerospace certification
Makers of TeXtreme carbon fiber reinforcement technology recognized for quality management.

Faction skis with TeXtreme carbon fiber.

Faction Skis feature TeXtreme spread tow fabrics
Each Prime 4.0 ski from Faction Skis weighs just 1740g and is optimized for high-performance, technical skiing.

Aviation’s big US show: Oshkosh 2017 highlights
The 2017 edition of the Experimental Aircraft Assn.’s (EAA) AirVenture airshow event, held in Oshkosh, WI, US, from July 24 – 30, was another blockbuster.

Innegra Oshkosh 2016

Oshkosh’s AirVenture 2016 included a big infusion event
The big annual airshow featured the on-site infusion of complete aircraft fuselages for two kit aircraft.

The Star-Lite

Oshkosh “Fly-In” preview: Multi-day infusion demo
Visitors to the Experimental Aircraft Assn.’s (EAA) AirVenture 2016 (July 25-31) will have the opportunity to attend a reprise of last year’s multi-day infusion processing demo, again sponsored by Innegra Technologies (Greenville, SC, US).

TeXtreme spotlights composite protective headgear
At JEC World 2016, spread-tow reinforcements specialist Oxeon AB (Borås, Sweden) had on hand the recently announced Avance MIPS, an innovative ski racing helmet made by protective headwear manufacturer Giro Sport Design (Santa Cruz, CA, US).

JEC World 2016, the full report

JEC World 2016, the full report
CompositesWorld's editors report on the technologies and products that caught our eye at JEC World 2016, in early March.

carbon fiber

Fiber reinforcement forms
Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.

carbon fiber, composites

The fiber
The structural properties of composite materials are derived primarily from the fiber reinforcement. Fiber types, their manufacture, their uses and the end-market applications in which they find most use are described.

Kiteboarder

Fiber patch preforms help tailor kiteboard performance
Automated means for laying fiber only where needed offers new potential to fine-tune torsional stiffness and flexibility to board and rider styles.

Infusion enthusiasm

Infusion enthusiasm
Although CW didn't attend the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh in 2015, we did learn about an infusion demo that was the largest ever accomplished at the fly-in event.

Summer...time for an air show

Summer...time for an air show
Highlights from the 2015 edition of the Paris Air Show, and what to look for at the upcoming EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh next month.

Product Categories of Oxeon

Aramid, Mat, continuous strand
Aramid, Other
Aramid/glass hybrid, Mat, continuous strand
Aramid/glass hybrid, Other
Basalt, Other
Basalt, Other
Carbon
Carbon, Mat, continuous strand
Carbon, Other
Carbon, Spread-tow fabric
Carbon, Spread-tow tape
Carbon/aramid hybrid, Mat, continuous strand
Carbon/aramid hybrid, Other
Carbon/aramid hybrid, Other
Carbon/glass hybrid, Mat, continuous strand
Carbon/glass hybrid, Other
Ceramic, Mat, continuous strand
Ceramic, Other
C-glass, Mat, continuous strand
C-glass, Other
E-Glass, Mat, continuous strand
E-Glass, Other
Fabric
Looms for advanced fibers
Metallized, Other
Other, Mat, continuous strand
Other, Other
Structural high-strength glass (S- and R-type), Mat, continuous strand
Structural high-strength glass (S- and R-type), Other
Tape