Carbon Fibers

Composites manufacturing — where the excitement lives

A regular CW columnist and the chief commercialization officer for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI, Knoxville, TN, US), Dale Brosius points out that for today's engineering students, a Ph.D in manufacturing could open the door to an exciting, alternative career path.
#iacmi #layup #windblades


EPTA’s World Pultrusion Conference spotlights innovation

The European Pultrusion Technology Assn. (EPTA) held its bi-annual World Pultrusion Conference, March 3-4, in Prague, Czech Republic.
#regulation #sustainability #braiding


Ushering in a new era for windows … and more

Superlative stiffness and thermal efficiency could make this highly glass-filled pultruded polyurethane insert a construction industry go-to material of choice.

Glass Fibers

Pultrusions provide composite thermal break

Army hospital combats Alaskan cold with FRP shapes/fasteners.

Compression Molding

Fabrication methods

There are numerous methods for fabricating composite components. Selection of a method for a particular part, therefore, will depend on the materials, the part design and end-use or application. Here's a guide to selection.
#a350 #adhesives #Composites101


JEC World 2016 exhibition and product previews

JEC World 2016 will be held in Paris March 8-10. These are some of the products that will be found at the show.
#spreadtow #toyota #outofautoclave


Polyurethanes: Collaboration and adaptation for optimal application

Guest columnist Kevin Meyer, associate scientist, Dow Polyurethanes, The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI, US), asks, and suggests some answers to, the question, "Why have polyurethanes, given their performance advantages, not been adopted in place of other thermosetting resins in a host of applications?"
#outofautoclave #sustainability #adhesives


Composites upgrade marine infrastructure

All-composite docks best concrete in cost and time and aim toward future fastener-less construction for greater savings and sustainability.
#weaving #sustainability #cuttingtools


Pultruded polyurethane pallets

Composite solution transforms wooden consumable into profit-generating asset.


Automated composites manufacturing, past, present and future

CW guest columnist Rob Sjostedt is a partner and CEO at VectorSum Inc. He recalls his days at Goldsworthy Engineering and reminds CW readers that today’s product requirements are more challenging than ever, and creative new approaches are required.