GLASS FIBERS

Glass Fibers

AVK releases 2020 GRP annual market report

In the current year, the European glass fiber-reinforced plastics volume is expected to decrease by 12.7%, experiencing one of the sharpest declines since the crisis in 2008.

Grace Nehls
Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Construction

Composites meet precision, weight goals for complex facade design

Brazilian fabricator Gatron manufactured 3,000 square meters of curved composite frames to support a 33-floor residential building.
#application

Mass Transit

RAMPF opens new composite solutions facility

The extended size and layout of the Ontario, Michigan, factory features state-of-the-art infrastructure for the production of carbon fiber and glass fiber composite parts. 

Carbon Fibers

Hypetex, SHD offer colored carbon fiber prepreg solutions

The partnership will supply Hypetex-colored fabrics with SHD’s MTC500 series epoxy resin systems, enabling visual component finishes and the potential for weight and cost savings.
#sustainability #aramidfiber

Glass Fibers

Lanxess thermoplastic material targets high flame-retardant properties

Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites variants with a PA6 matrix are certified as UL 94 V-0 and retain a high degree of strength, rigidity and energy absorption.

The making of glass fiber

The making of glass fiber

The old art behind this industry’s first fiber reinforcement is explained,with insights into new fiber science and future developments.
#Composites101 #sustainability #sheetmoldingcompound

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Videos / Podcasts

Wind/Energy

National Composites Centre leads dismantlable joints research

Adhesive additive technology is reported to make composite parts easier to dismantle, maintain and recycle.
#trends #adhesives #sustainability

Poly/Vinyl Esters

3D printing large composite molds with a 5-axis CNC machine

Hungarian manufacturer uses CEAD Robot Extruder to cut composite tooling time and cost.
#cuttingtools #layup #application

Wind/Energy

Ducommun licenses WSU lightning strike protection for composite wind blades

New technology showed no damage after up to 8 lightning strikes and can be repaired in 20 minutes.
#windblades #sustainability

Glass Fibers

Episode 31: John Riendeau, Rhode Island Commerce

Rhode Island Commerce director of business development John Riendeau discusses how the state’s legacy experience in boat building has translated into expertise in new markets within the composites industry.
#aramidfiber #workforcedevelopment #windblades

Glass Fibers

AFRL camber morphing wing takes flight

Smooth composite skin enables active re-contour of up to 6% and fuel savings of 10%.
#trends

Wind/Energy

University of Texas researchers develop deep-ocean wind turbine blades

Funded by a $3.3 million grant from the U.S. DOE, university researchers will develop a prototype of a vertical-axis, floating offshore wind turbine design.
#trends #windblades

Additive Manufacturing

3D printing continuous fiber on the desktop

Additive manufacturing technology company expands offerings to include high-performance composites.
#pekk #autoclave #boeing

Glass Fibers

AVK releases 2020 GRP annual market report

In the current year, the European glass fiber-reinforced plastics volume is expected to decrease by 12.7%, experiencing one of the sharpest declines since the crisis in 2008.

Glass Fibers

RAMPF opens new composite solutions facility

The extended size and layout of the Ontario, Michigan, factory features state-of-the-art infrastructure for the production of carbon fiber and glass fiber composite parts. 

Fabrics/Preforms

Hypetex, SHD offer colored carbon fiber prepreg solutions

The partnership will supply Hypetex-colored fabrics with SHD’s MTC500 series epoxy resin systems, enabling visual component finishes and the potential for weight and cost savings.
#sustainability #aramidfiber

Carbon Fibers

Arkema wins Pierre Potier Prize for Elium thermoplastic resin

Following a depolymerization, purification and reformulation process, the resulting Elium thermoplastic resin is said to enable the manufacture of 100% recyclable wind turbine blades. 
#sustainability #windblades

Core

Hexcel third quarter financials reflect industry headwinds

Slowdown in commercial aerospace and the wind energy market has decreased Hexcel’s year-to-date sales by 32.6%. The company will close its wind energy glass fiber prepreg line in Windsor, Colo., U.S., in early November.

Poly/Vinyl Esters

Moi Composites debuts 3D-printed glass fiber boat

Moi used its patented CFM 3D printing technology for depositing continuous fibers impregnated with thermosetting resin to develop MAMBO’s unique design. 
#automation #continuousfiberAM

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Automotive

Lanxess thermoplastic material targets high flame-retardant properties

Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites variants with a PA6 matrix are certified as UL 94 V-0 and retain a high degree of strength, rigidity and energy absorption.

Glass Fibers

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

Glass Fibers

Borealis highlights polypropylene technology for flexible automotive design

Fibremod, the customized carbon and glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene material ensures reduced weight, cost savings and design flexibility.

Glass Fibers

PRF Composite Materials introduces unidirectional glass prepreg

The unidirectional (UD) glass prepreg provides good results for UD carbon and glass fibers, as well as woven fabrics in PRF epoxy prepreg systems. 

Core

Kordsa targets phenolic-based sandwich panel toward aircraft interiors

The sandwich panels comprise glass fiber/phenolic skins surrounding a Nomex honeycomb core.
#aramidfiber

Machining/Drilling

YG-1 solid-carbide routers designed for faster composites machining

Four new solid-carbide fiberglass routers have been launched for CNC or hand routers to handle everyday composite machining.
#aramidfiber #cuttingtools