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Published: 1/29/2018

Carbon/glass spar cap enables world’s longest wind blade
LM Wind Power goes long with a resin-infused hybrid carbon composite strategy.   

Published: 1/4/2018

Floating turbines promise off-grid power sources
A novel hybrid floating wind turbine/offshore oil platform concept exemplifies the potential for composites to enable emission-free supply of power in remote locations.

Published: 5/10/2017

Composite submersibles: Under pressure in deep, deep waters
Manned deepsea exploration calls for a highly engineered composites solution that saves weight and preserves life — at 6,500-psi service pressure.

Published: 5/9/2017

Polyurethane’s processing speed, properties enable bigger blades
Decade-long development effort reaches key wind energy cost-reduction milestone using epoxy-besting infusion resin.

Published: 4/11/2017

Curved pultrusion? No longer an oxymoron
Radius-Pultrusion process offers linear or curved profiles.

Published: 2/26/2016

Oil & gas: Will the composite riser rise again?
A new effort to develop a undersea pipe resets the long-term development course, again, toward an all-composite design for deepwater-capable oil and gas risers.

Published: 2/8/2016

Thermoplastic honeycomb cores: Tough insulated sandwiches
Foam-filled nylon/polyester fabric yields sandwich panel cores with excellent mechanicals, durability, thermal insulation.

Published: 1/29/2016

Alternative precursor R&D: Lignin in the lightweighting limelight
This abundant, renewable resource shows promise as an alternative to PAN for low-cost, functional carbon fibers.

Published: 8/3/2015

Composites extend service of corrosion-prone oil and gas pipelines
Corrosion-resistant aramid fiber/thermoplastic liner gives new life to deteriorating steel subsea pipelines.

Published: 6/1/2014

GFRP enables first grid-connected U.S. floating wind turbine
Composite tower on 1:8-scale system reduces hull size/weight and helps mitigate the overall cost of electric power generation.