EPOXIES

ATL/AFP

Advancing the OOA infused wing box

MTorres integrates lower cover, front and rear spars into unitized flying demonstrator using one-shot, low-cost, portable production.

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Epoxies

Hydroelectric turbine blade design propelled by composites

Glass fiber composites power the development of a modular, spiral-shaped hydroelectric micro turbine blade for low-cost, high-efficiency renewable energy generation.
#focusondesign #sustainability

Core

Sicomin GreenPoxy resins contribute to first NFC wind turbine nacelle

Sicomin’s bio-based resins, intumescent FR gelcoats and UV-resistant clear coatings meet stringent requirements for Greenboats’ 7.3-meter natural fiber composite nacelle.
#biomaterials #layup

Glass Fibers

BYK earns additive certification for rotor blade applications

The BYK-C 8001 coupling agent offers 60% improved mechanical strength, design freedom and universal application for glass fiber-reinforced epoxy resin systems.
#windblades

Defense

Hawthorn Composites awarded structural inlet duct manufacturing contract 

Manufacture of inlet ducts for Kratos unmanned combat aerial vehicle involves an automated dry fiber overbraiding process, VARTM infusion and oven cure.
#braiding #automation #outofautoclave

Automotive composites: Thermosets for the fast zone

Automotive composites: Thermosets for the fast zone

Epoxies continue to be developed for faster cure to meet automotive production rates.
#bmw #sheetmoldingcompound #audi

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Videos / Podcasts

Aerospace

Episode 34: Carmelo Lo Faro, Solvay Composite Materials

Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay Composite Materials, talks about how he sees aerocomposites evolving in the time of COVID-19, the rise of computational power to evolve composites use, the prospects for increased composites use in the automotive market, and the increasing importance of education in the composites industry.
#boeing #nextgenaerospace #space

Thermoplastics

Vitrimers: The reprocessable thermoset

Vitrimers are not classic thermosets and they are not classic thermoplastics, but they behave like both and as such offer the best of both worlds. CW catches up with Mallinda for an explanation.
#workinprogress

Aerospace

Novel prepreg for compression molding in RAPM

Solvay and Boeing combine aerospace performance with process knowledge for high-rate, low-cost composites production.
#autoclave #automation #boeing

Prepregs

Solvay launches epoxy prepreg for aerostructures compression molding

Solvay Composite Materials has launched CYCOM EP2750, a new highly drapable epoxy prepreg designed specifically for the compression molding of high-quality, high-rate, cost-effective primary and secondary aerostructures.
#airbus #layup #outofautoclave

Automotive

Solvay showcases low-cost prepreg and parts approach using Cygnet Texkimp filament winder

High-speed, tailored preforms are used with Solvay double diaphragm forming (DDF) and compression molding to produce cost-effective, medium-volume auto and aero parts.
#outofautoclave #bmw #spreadtow

ATL/AFP

Rolls-Royce starts manufacture of world's largest fan blades, made with composites, for UltraFan demonstrator

CFRP blades and fan case cut weight for twin-engine aircraft by 700 kilograms
#nextgenaerospace #layup #autoclave

Epoxies

One-piece, one-cure, infused carbon fiber wheel is ready to roll

ESE Carbon Co.’s new carbon fiber wheel uses tailored fiber placement and custom presses to minimize waste and improve scalability.
#workinprogress #autoclave #cuttingtools

Natural Fibers

Sicomin GreenPoxy resins contribute to first NFC wind turbine nacelle

Sicomin’s bio-based resins, intumescent FR gelcoats and UV-resistant clear coatings meet stringent requirements for Greenboats’ 7.3-meter natural fiber composite nacelle.
#biomaterials #layup

Wind/Energy

BYK earns additive certification for rotor blade applications

The BYK-C 8001 coupling agent offers 60% improved mechanical strength, design freedom and universal application for glass fiber-reinforced epoxy resin systems.
#windblades

Epoxies

Hawthorn Composites awarded structural inlet duct manufacturing contract 

Manufacture of inlet ducts for Kratos unmanned combat aerial vehicle involves an automated dry fiber overbraiding process, VARTM infusion and oven cure.
#braiding #automation #outofautoclave

Epoxies

High-voltage composite battery housing concept developed for e-mobility applications

Evonik and partners’ glass fiber-reinforced epoxy SMC component reduces battery housing weight by ~10%, ensures suitability for all vehicle size and class.
#electricvehicles #sheetmoldingcompound

Aerospace

Northrop Grumman completes rocket motor validation test for Vulcan Centaur

The 63-inch-diameter graphite epoxy motor (GEM 63XL) was developed in partnership with United Launch Alliance to provide the rocket with additional lift capability.
#space #northropgrumman

Carbon Fibers

Hexcel releases Q4 2020 financial results

Hexcel’s 2020 revenue was down 36.3% compared to 2019, but the company expects demand to stabilize throughout 2021 as the pandemic wanes and vaccine rollout progresses.

NEW PRODUCTS: EPOXIES

Epoxies

ATL Composites epoxy laminating system maintains new surfboard appearance

KINETIX R111 is a solvent-free, liquid epoxy resin optimized with a translucent blue tint that produces a clear, bright finish for surfboard products.

Epoxies

Techsil, Panacol offer Vitralit adhesive for filament winding

The transparent one-component epoxy adhesive and curing system is ideal for carbon fiber or glass fiber filament winding.
#adhesives

Curing

CompoTech launches standard range for carbon finer epoxy beams

Produced via AFP and precision press molded results in a high-strength carbon epoxy composite beam with 10-15% higher stiffness in the axial direction.
#precursor #continuousfiberAM #autoclave

Epoxies

Sino Polymer develops high-performance epoxy resin systems for prepreg applications

The one-component carbon fiber prepreg can be cured at 150ºC for 10 minutes, is suitable for structural parts requiring Tg within 120-140ºC and can be stored for up to 18 months at -18ºC
#layup

Epoxies

CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: Toray Advanced Composites

Toray Advanced Composites is featuring its latest product developments in thermoset and thermoplastic technologies.
#paek #camx

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: DH Sutherland

DH Sutherland is introducing technologies for chemical application and the manufacture of protective armor.
#aramidfiber #weaving #camx