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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: 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: 4/2/2018

Airborne, Siemens, SABIC partner for TPC mass production
Having acquired Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics B.V. (FRT, Lelystad, Netherlands) in 2016, SABIC was looking for a partner to produce large quantities of thermoplastic composite parts (using its UDMAX tapes, of course) at a radically lower cost. &ld...

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: 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?

Published: 1/29/2018

I want to say two words to you: “Thermoplastic tapes”
Thermoplastic tapes are not new to composites, but they soon will join the primary aerostructures material palette and could be their future.

Published: 1/29/2018

Consolidating thermoplastic composite aerostructures in place, Part 1
After more than 30 years of development, in-situ consolidation is nearing its promise to eliminate fasteners and the autoclave, and enable an integrated, multifunctional airframe.

Published: 1/29/2018

Thermoplastic composite demonstrators — EU roadmap for future airframes
There is a TPC development roadmap in Europe, supported by Airbus and a variety of aerospace consortia, and involving almost every major aerostructures supplier in Europe.