DESIGN & TOOLING NEWS

Carbon Fibers

German composite specialist INVENT collaborates in SUSTAINair for increased aircraft circularity

Three-and-a-half-year, 11-partner EU project will include metals and composites spanning design, manufacturing, maintenance, repair, assembly and recycling.
#SHM #composites4_0

Testing

Study demonstrates improved abrasion resistance using TFP aramid nonwovens

Study shows aramid veil acts as a sacrificial layer to protect the underlying reinforcement, improves durability and extends composite structure lifespan.

Construction

New Tennessee FRP bridge to promote composites use for rural infrastructure

Embedded fiber-optic sensors to give IACMI and industry partners critical performance and safety data of composite bridge deck, promote federal, state and local adoption of composites.
#infrastructure

Automotive

All-electric SUV motorsport vehicle incorporates Bcomp natural fiber bodywork 

In preparation for the Extreme E racing series, Spark vehicles use ampliTex and powerRibs technologies for more sustainable, efficient and safe off-roading.
#electricvehicles #sustainability

Testing

Continuous Composites demonstrates CF3D technology for Lockheed Martin, AFRL WiSDM project

Continuous Composites carbon fiber wing spar structural performance achieves 160% design limit load with no damage detected, offers potential for aerospace-grade composite printing.
#lockheedmartin #continuousfiberAM

Testing

Hexagon Digital Wave starts continued life service testing on composite cylinders for breathing apparatus

Tested tanks returned for extended service life with Antarctic Fire Department, prevents landfill on Antarctica continent.

Design/Simulation

FACC successfully develops novel composite flap system for Wing of Tomorrow

RTM’d five-meter-long, complex multicell flap prototype constructed via a highly integral, cost-effective manufacturing process. 
#wingoftomorrow #facc

Aerospace

NASA provides $45 million boost to U.S. small businesses

Three-hundred and sixty five small business proposals were selected for SBIR and STTR programs based on technical merit and commercial potential, including six composite companies.
#space

Automotive

TU Delft Nuna11 integrates composites for Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

In preparation for the 2023 solar-powered car race, the Vattenfall Solar Team is optimizing vehicle weight with AOC styrene-free resins for the Nuna11’s structure and shell.

Cutting/Kitting

Single-step prepreg slitting and rewinding unit to advance NIAR ATLAS aviation research

Mikrosam, in collaboration with Composite Automation, delivers this custom-made machine, which offers slit flexibility, in-process inspection system and performs quality control on the fly.