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Published: 9/9/2008

ATL and AFP: Signs of evolution in machine process control
Improved machine-control software, placement accuracy and design simulation have made automated fiber placement and tape laying machines truly production-worthy. The evolution, however, still continues.

Published: 6/30/2008

ATL and AFP: Defining the megatrends in composite aerostructures
Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement technologies take a key enabling role in production of today’s — and tomorrow’s — composite-airframed commercial jets.

Published: 6/1/2008

Composites Protect Pipe in Downhole Environment
Glass-reinforced epoxy provides a durable and affordable liner for alternative pipe used in enhanced oil recovery.

Published: 5/20/2008

Filament winding with large tow carbon fiber
Machine improvements optimize parts made with commercial-grade fiber.

Published: 4/1/2007

Inside manufacturing: Dual-Laminate Pipe Comes of Age
Computerized pipe fusion and customized multimandrel filament winding equipment mass-produces nearly four miles of pipe for chemical plant in China.

Published: 1/1/2007

In Situ Manufacturing: Pipe Relining in Demanding, Corrosive Environments
Onsite technology offers continuous manufacture and insertion of new high-performance pipe, without excavation and replacement.

Published: 11/1/2006

Filament winding
Filament winding is a continuous fabrication method that can be highly automated and repeatable with relatively low material costs. A long, cylindrical tool called a mandrel is suspended horizontally between end supports, while the “head” – the fibe...

Published: 3/1/2006

Composites Alive And Well In Offshore Oil Applications
The petroleum industry is moving forward with many interesting projects that will increase composite demand.

Published: 11/1/2005

An update on composite tanks for cryogens
More automation, improved materials bring composite fuel tanks for space applications closer to reality.

Published: 11/1/2005

Composites target tactical missiles
Composite benefits are surmounting obstacles in manufacture of small, high-volume missile systems.