NATURAL FIBERS

Design/Simulation

Teijin Aramid program produces bio-based, high-performance aramid fibers

The 2018 pilot program, in partnership with BioBTW, successfully produces Twaron yarn from bio-based aromatic materials without altering the material properties. 

Grace Nehls
Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Automotive

Polestar announces production plans for natural composites-intensive BEV

The Precept battery electric vehicle, developed by Volvo’s Polestar brand, is said to feature Bcomp interior and exterior flax fiber composite panels.
#sustainability #electricvehicles

Glass 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

Testing

Natural fiber crash box design for motorsport

The natural fiber Front Impact Absorbing Structure (FIAS) prototype showed desired crash behavior and eradication of sharp splintering, proving it as an alternative to carbon fiber in motorsport applications.
#sustainability

Design/Simulation

Porsche, Bcomp collaborate on racing car with all-natural fiber composite bodywork

The Cayman 718 GT4 CS delivers a full natural fiber composite bodywork kit for the Four Motors racing team at the 24 Hours Nürburgring race.

Natural fiber composites: Market share, one part at a time

Natural fiber composites: Market share, one part at a time

Suppliers and adventurous composites fabricators put the “feel good” aspect in the rearview mirror, winning customers by competing on price and performance.
#weaving #sustainability #biomaterials

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Videos / Podcasts

Automotive

Polestar announces production plans for natural composites-intensive BEV

The Precept battery electric vehicle, developed by Volvo’s Polestar brand, is said to feature Bcomp interior and exterior flax fiber composite panels.
#sustainability #electricvehicles

Automotive

Natural fiber crash box design for motorsport

The natural fiber Front Impact Absorbing Structure (FIAS) prototype showed desired crash behavior and eradication of sharp splintering, proving it as an alternative to carbon fiber in motorsport applications.
#sustainability

Infusion

Continuous Fiber Manufacturing (CFM) with moi composites

Continuous fiber 3D printing using epoxy, vinylester and acrylic with continuous glass, carbon, basalt and other fibers, including deposition along nonlinear curves, is only the beginning.
#autoclave #layup #sustainability

Automotive

Automated Preforming, Part 3: Quilted Stratum Process

CW’s tour of Cetim and the QSP line which preforms multi-thickness thermoplastic materials in 40-90 seconds for composite parts with cycle times of 1-2 minutes.
#airbus #pei #weaving

Design/Simulation

Teijin Aramid program produces bio-based, high-performance aramid fibers

The 2018 pilot program, in partnership with BioBTW, successfully produces Twaron yarn from bio-based aromatic materials without altering the material properties. 
#aramidfiber #biomaterials #sustainability

Natural Fibers

Polestar announces production plans for natural composites-intensive BEV

The Precept battery electric vehicle, developed by Volvo’s Polestar brand, is said to feature Bcomp interior and exterior flax fiber composite panels.
#sustainability #electricvehicles

Prepregs

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

Testing

Natural fiber crash box design for motorsport

The natural fiber Front Impact Absorbing Structure (FIAS) prototype showed desired crash behavior and eradication of sharp splintering, proving it as an alternative to carbon fiber in motorsport applications.
#sustainability

Automotive

Porsche, Bcomp collaborate on racing car with all-natural fiber composite bodywork

The Cayman 718 GT4 CS delivers a full natural fiber composite bodywork kit for the Four Motors racing team at the 24 Hours Nürburgring race.

Automotive

Mafic, The Materials Group partner to increase basalt fiber in thermoplastics

The alliance emphasizes basalt fibers’ capabilities as a replacement for existing filled materials and target structural automotive applications.
#sustainability

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Natural Fibers

Sustainable date palm fibers developed from agricultural waste

Developed by an Egyptian research consortium, PalmFil fibers and nonwovens have been developed for use in automotive composite applications and more.
#discontinuousfiber #weaving

Processes

Gurit features core materials, adhesives, resins, molds for wind, aerospace

Gurit is featuring its offerings and expertise for wind energy, composite tooling and lightweighting applications such as aerospace, rail, healthcare and marine. ​​​​​​
#adhesives #cyanateester #windblades

Carbon Fibers

Rucks Maschinenbau introduces continuous compression molding system for organosheets

The company claims this process offers a lower-cost option for the manufacture of organic sheets, while enabling higher pressing forces and temperatures.
#outofautoclave #weaving

Prepregs

Composites Evolution develops hybrid tooling prepregs

Composites Evolution has developed a new tooling prepreg system based on a hybrid combination of carbon fiber and flax fiber reinforcements.
#sustainability