MATERIALS

Aerospace

Optimization approach helps design lighter carbon fiber composites

Approach developed by Tokyo University of Science for manufacturing carbon fibers with optimized orientation and thickness achieves more than a 5% weight reduction in fiber-reinforced materials.

Carbon Fibers

Teijin Ltd. joins Spirit AeroSystem Aerospace Innovation Centre

Teijin expects to collaborate with Spirit and other AIC members to enhance innovative technology capabilities, including composites, in the aerospace industry.

Natural Fibers

Basaltex reveals basalt fiber milestone for use in rail carriage interiors

Testing and development of basalt fiber, bioresin and rPET combo achieves rigidity, fire resistance and lightweight properties that meet railway application standards.
#biomaterials

Special Edition: Next Gen Aerospace

A glimpse at the materials and processes that will be on the table as next-generation aircraft are developed.

Videos / Podcasts

Carbon Fibers

Robotic injection molding for functionalized composites

Anybrid enables compact, flexible hybrid injection molding/overmolding for smaller series and larger components.
#automation

Thermoplastics

Airborne introduces automated pick-and-weld preforming system

The robust, flexible and versatile three-step system handles a range of dry fiber and thermoplastic composite material forms for high output, improved efficiency and reduced waste.
#automation #layup

Epoxies

In-mold coating offers high-performance finishing for epoxy-infused composites

ODG Composites’ Element Xtreme is a lightweight, long-lasting protective and aesthetic coating suitable for a range of industrial and commercial applications.

Epoxies

Reprocessable, repairable and recyclable epoxy resins for composites

CIDETEC matures 3R resins for aerospace applications via AIRPOXY program.
#adhesives #workinprogress #sustainability

Fabrics/Preforms

Braided preforms and resin infusion for next-generation aerocomposites

Spintech shows significant cost and labor savings using its Smart Tooling, dry fiber preforms and RTM/VARTM technology on aircraft wing and inlet duct demonstrators.
#generalaviation #insidemanufacturing #braiding

Poly/Vinyl Esters

Resin shortages continue to affect composites supply chain

Power outages caused by mid-February’s U.S. winter storms led to immediate shortages from Gulf Coast petrochemical companies. Fabricators continue to report shortages.

Automotive

Z-direction composite properties on an affordable, industrial scale

Boston Materials uses milled reclaimed carbon fibers to increase modulus, impact/delamination resistance and produce metals-like conductivity for EMI shielding, lightning strike protection, heat exchangers and more.
#trends #electronics #electricvehicles

Automotive

Optimization approach helps design lighter carbon fiber composites

Approach developed by Tokyo University of Science for manufacturing carbon fibers with optimized orientation and thickness achieves more than a 5% weight reduction in fiber-reinforced materials.

Aerospace

Teijin Ltd. joins Spirit AeroSystem Aerospace Innovation Centre

Teijin expects to collaborate with Spirit and other AIC members to enhance innovative technology capabilities, including composites, in the aerospace industry.

Mass Transit

Basaltex reveals basalt fiber milestone for use in rail carriage interiors

Testing and development of basalt fiber, bioresin and rPET combo achieves rigidity, fire resistance and lightweight properties that meet railway application standards.
#biomaterials

Materials

GE, LafargeHolcim team up to explore circular economy solutions for the wind industry

Per an active drive for more sustainable, circular solutions, both partners will be investigating ways to use decommissioned wind turbine materials. 
#windblades

Carbon Fibers

Apply Carbon France invests in new manufacturing facility for recycled carbon fiber 

The 15,600-square-meter facility will integrate the former ELG Carbon Fibre’s short carbon fiber business to address the growing market for sustainable technical fibers.
#aramidfiber #sustainability

Automotive

Sigmatex approved for National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels funding

Industry-led program serves to increase Sigmatex’s CFRP capability and competitiveness relative to the changing needs of the automotive sector.

NEW PRODUCTS: MATERIALS

Infusion

In-mold coating offers high-performance finishing for epoxy-infused composites

ODG Composites’ Element Xtreme is a lightweight, long-lasting protective and aesthetic coating suitable for a range of industrial and commercial applications.

Carbon Fibers

CRP Technology highlights Windform RS composite material for powder bed fusion processes

Polyamide-based carbon fiber-filled composite provides enhances functionality, flexibility and speed in developing intricate 3D-printed parts.

Core

EconCore thermoplastic honeycomb cores deliver high-heat performance, facilitates recyclability

Honeycomb cores incorporate Sabic NORYL GTX resin for improved dimensional stability, lower water absorption and demonstration of thermoset composite skin compatibility.

Aerospace

Trelleborg unveils high-temperature castable epoxy tooling material

Low-density TC350 epoxy board supports the creation of tooling in a range of sizes and complexities for carbon fiber, PP and GFRP parts.

Carbon Fibers

Toray develops heat-dissipating CFRP material for flexible thermal management design

Internal graphite sheets and a porous, heat-conductive layer CFRP support attains a thermal conductivity above that of metals without compromising quality, properties.

Prepregs

Teijin Carbon Europe launches carbon fiber/PPS UD tape

The new Tenax prepregged tape with PPS matrix allows entry into new cost-sensitive markets while offering the typical TPUD advantages like resistance to chemicals and solvents, low flammability, storage or shipping at room temperature and recyclability.
#paek #peek