RTM

Epoxies

Incremental thinking just won’t cut it!

Composites industry consultant and regular CW columnist Dale Brosius says if this industry is to have a future that goes anywhere profitable, then we've got to get off the road we're on and map out a whole new way to think about the tasks at hand.
#bmw #sustainability #infrastructure

Construction

Composite manhole covers

UK utility trials ultralight access covers to reduce worker injuries and resulting compensation claims
#outofautoclave

Epoxies

Donauwörth as composites pioneer

Airbus Helicopter Germany produces composite primary structure for 30+ years, first all-composite doors for A350 XWB and latest “kinked” composite blades for new “quiet” rotorcraft.
#medical #layup #a350

Core

Part design criteria (2015)

Designers of composite parts can choose from a huge variety of fiber reinforcements and resin systems. That makes knowledge of how those materials work together a critically important aspect of part development. Here's a short description of what that knowledge entails.
#weaving #outofautoclave #layup

Molds/Tools

SOURCEBOOK 2015: The online edition

Welcome to the online SOURCEBOOK, the searchable, updatable, Internet-based counterpart to CompositesWorld's annually published print SOURCEBOOK.
#adhesives

Mass Transit

Composites 2015: A multitude or markets

Although the effects of the 2008 global financial downturn are still felt in some sectors, the composites industry, in general, showed health, growth and a renewed focus on innovation.
#precursor #polyacrylonitrile #sustainability

ATL/AFP

Fabrication methods (2015)

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.
#discontinuousfiber #f-35 #facc

Carbon Fibers

Composites in commercial aircraft engines, 2014-2023

The drive to boost aircraft operating efficiency continues to fuel adoption of polymer matrix composites in jet engines.
#aeroengines #weaving #camx

Automotive

Benteler SGL to supply composite leaf springs for new Volvo XC90

The rear axle of the new Volvo XC90 crossover SUV will use a composite leaf spring molded by Austria-based Benteler SGL using Henkel's Loctite MAX 2 polyurethane resin in RTM.
#sustainability #adhesives #outofautoclave

Automotive

SPE ACCE report

Automotive composites still on the horizon — are they getting closer?
#workforcedevelopment #generalmotors #sheetmoldingcompound