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Published: 6/5/2018

SAMPE 2018 keynote looks to the composites future
The SAMPE 2018 general session featured the announcement of the top three papers presented at the conference, and a keynote by Carmelo Lo Faro, president, Solvay Composite Materials (Alpharetta, FA, US).

Published: 6/4/2018

How is tow spread?
ITA characterizes tow spreading processes and parameters as it develops new technology to speed production (100 m/min) and reduce width variation (<1mm).

Published: 6/1/2018

Looking back — and ahead
What I’ve come to realize is the importance of focusing on the long game. Success takes perseverance.

Published: 5/7/2018

Composite Materials: Where to Find Them at NPE2018
If you have come to NPE2018 with composites on your to-do list, you do have options. Over the last few years, several plastics material suppliers have extended their product portfolios in an effort to build a presence in the composites space.

Published: 4/1/2018

PEEK or PEKK in future TPC aerostructures?
Which is better for in-situ consolidated thermoplastic composite primary structures? Materials play a part as to whether a one-step or two-step process will prevail.

Published: 3/29/2018

Thermoplastic composites: Past the tipping point?
The manufacturing world watched a decade ago as automatically placed thermoset composite tapes replaced aluminum in commercial airframes and made composites a household word in markets around the world. Has the time come for thermoplastic compo...

Published: 3/29/2018

To the Moon and Mars?
Irrespective of what launch vehicles provide transport for colonization efforts to the Moon or Mars, advanced composites are sure to play an enabling role.

Published: 3/28/2018

JEC World 2018: The highlights
JEC World is the composites industry’s largest trade show and did not disappoint this year.

Published: 3/22/2018

Composites – A neophyte’s quandary
An oft-cited concern is that new engineers are not exposed to composites as part of their materials science courses.

Published: 2/27/2018

Consolidating thermoplastic composite aerostructures in place, Part 2
Thermoplastic composite structures could eliminate the autoclave and fasteners, but will a one- or two-step process prevail?