DESIGN/SIMULATION

Carbon Fibers

ESA, ArianeGroup PHOEBUS contract paves the way for composite rocket stage development

ArianeGroup to collaborate with MT Aerospace to explore using carbon fiber to lightweight the upper stage of the Ariane 6 launch vehicle.
#space

Design/Simulation

Ferrari 812 Competizione makes extensive use of carbon fiber

Composite materials enhance performance and minimize mass for a faster vehicle. The limited edition car also offers fully composite wheels, which weigh 42% less than alloy options.

Consumer

Covestro composite materials augment high-performance active footwear

Desmopan TPU and Maezio carbon fiber-reinforced TPU fibers applied to basketball shoe and a foot shape-based running shoe concept to demonstrate comfort, style, durability and superior performance.

Core

Optimizing a wind turbine nacelle cover to meet LCOE demand

Suzlon Group redesigned a composite nacelle cover with in-situ molded stiffeners to reduce manufacturing and material costs while maximizing part performance.
#focusondesign #sustainability #windblades

Consumer

Renewable Materials Conference 2021 announces innovation award winners

Three winning innovations include a hemp fiber and thermoset bioresin chair collection, PET bottles made from enzymatically recycled textile waste and CO2-based household cleaners.
#biomaterials #sustainability

Design/Simulation

Bercella, Formula Seven target motorsport innovation with natural fiber composite developments

AmpliTex flax fiber used to develop Formula SAE single-seater racing seat for better resistance, vibration absorption and reduced environmental impact.
#formula1 #biomaterials #sustainability

Design/Simulation

Royal DSM, MKU composite armor protects Brazilian law enforcement

Level IIIA soft armor vests use Dyneema UD material for 35% weight reduction, and rigorous compliance with NIJ standards for protection against ballistic materials.

Infusion

Spirit AeroSystems Belfast advances LANCA project concept with resin transfer infusion

Spirit AeroSystems Belfast, Northrop Grumman and Intrepid Minds support further development of the Royal Air Force’s unmanned Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA). 
#nextgenaerospace #spiritaerosystems #northropgrumman

Core

Cobra International rapidly scales up Radinn glass fiber electric surfboards

Cobra manufacturing platform to deliver 300 composite boards per month, with 25% weight savings, tight tolerances, detailed QC and documentation records.
#weaving

Design/Simulation

Neural nets can advance composites analysis

British researchers use two neural nets and a 2D image to create 3D models. The architecture is fast, cheap, accurate and more clearly identifies different material phases.