MATERIALS

Construction

Purdue develops lignin extraction method for sustainable composite board resin binder

The extraction method reduces production cost, long-term health hazards and can be used as the main component in a non-formaldehyde binder system.

Carbon Fibers

Strata delivers 100 shipsets of inboard flaps for Airbus A350-900

Strata assumes fabrication and assembly duties for inboard flaps production and plans to incorporate HDF and ATL machines into the process.

Thermoplastics

Kordsa expands thermoplastic prepreg lineup

The new woven prepregs are offered with polypropylene or polyamide resin matrices in sheets up to 1.2 by 1.2 meters.

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

ATL/AFP

Conbility: Mass production of composite tape laminates

RWTH Aachen spin-off scales up production for low-cost, in-situ consolidated composites as inserts for lighter, cheaper injection-molded parts.
#composites4_0 #continuousfiberAM #automation

Automotive

Swinburne University and CSIRO's Industry 4.0 Testlab for Composite Additive Manufacturing 

Australia and Germany collaborate to build Composites 4.0 production line for competitive advantage in next-gen manufacturing and workforce.
#outofautoclave #autoclave #layup

Carbon Fibers

Narrow UD tapes to bridge the ATL-AFP gap

Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement are similar, but not the same. Can narrow tapes provide a middle ground with advantages of both processes for next-gen aircraft?
#a350 #airbus #infrastructure

Carbon Fibers

Carbon fiber-reinforced concrete accelerates in Germany

TU Dresden and C3 – Carbon Concrete Composite demonstrator aims to reduce concrete material use by 50% and CO2 emissions by up to 70%; Hitexbau touts high-volume automated production for carbon fiber textile grids.
#regulation #sustainability #trends

Testing

Successful tower extension test for James Webb space telescope

The test ensured the tower extensions on NASA’s composites-intensive telescope would keep the structure cool enough to detect infrared light. 
#space #northropgrumman

Prepregs

Hyperjoint: additive metal + composites = stronger, tougher joints

Eliminates drilling holes with lap shear 60% higher than bolted joints and almost twice that of bonded joints.
#adhesives #airbus #cuttingtools

Carbon Fibers

CFIP reinforces material with continuous carbon fibers post-process.

Continuous Fiber Injection Process (CFIP) technology works with additive manufacturing to strengthen plastics, metals and ceramics, creating complex-shaped-composites and high-strength joints.  
#nextgenaerospace #continuousfiberAM #outofautoclave

Construction

Purdue develops lignin extraction method for sustainable composite board resin binder

The extraction method reduces production cost, long-term health hazards and can be used as the main component in a non-formaldehyde binder system.
#biomaterials #sustainability

Aerospace

Strata delivers 100 shipsets of inboard flaps for Airbus A350-900

Strata assumes fabrication and assembly duties for inboard flaps production and plans to incorporate HDF and ATL machines into the process.
#a350 #automation #airbus

Automotive

Lanxess presents thermoplastics for automotive applications

The company is showcasing use of its composite materials in A-pillar automotive structures and electric vehicle charging applications at the VDI Congress PIAE virtual event in July.
#electricvehicles

Carbon Fibers

Engineering Technology launches servo tensioner for filament winding

The ST2 system, tested with pitch carbon fiber and alumina fiber, enables high-speed wet, dry and towpreg winding.

Automotive

Setforge, 9T Labs collaborate to replace metal part production with composites

The substitution, enabling Setforge’s serial production of CFRP components, will be aided by 9T Lab’s Red Series technology.

Aerospace

Diamond Aircraft introduces an all-carbon fiber DA50 RG aircraft

With an all-carbon fiber airframe, the aircraft offers several internal and external features for improved space, luxury, safety and efficiency. 

NEW PRODUCTS: MATERIALS

Automotive

Kordsa expands thermoplastic prepreg lineup

The new woven prepregs are offered with polypropylene or polyamide resin matrices in sheets up to 1.2 by 1.2 meters.
#aramidfiber #cyanateester #weaving

Glass Fibers

Kordsa targets phenolic-based sandwich panel toward aircraft interiors

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

Marine

DSM introduces new UHMWPE fiber

Compared to DSM’s original Dyneema thermoplastic fiber products, Trosar addresses a wider range of high-performance applications.
#sustainability

Epoxies

Broetje-Automation presents automated sealer for aircraft components.

The automated, modular system enables clean, safe and speedy production for all aircraft component sealing. 
#composites4_0

Automotive

Toray introduces high tensile modulus carbon fiber and thermoplastic pellet

With a carbon fiber diameter of 7 microns, the Torayca T series balances cost performance with a high tensile modulus.   
#sustainability

Thermoplastics

Bieglo GmbH adds new high-performance polymers to product lineup

The Germany-based company has added polybenzimidazole (PBI) and thermosetting polyimide (PI-s) to its product families.
#peek #polyimide