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Testing

Composite testing challenges, Part 3: Testing systems

Several factors need to be considered for accurate and efficient composites testing, including testing systems that can accommodate required test environments, alignment and offer intuitive software.


Testing

Composite testing challenges, Part 2: Strain measurement for the mechanical testing of composites

Recent developments in contact and noncontact strain measurement methods offer similar performance with additional benefits for composite material testing.
#design-and-testing

Thermoplastics

Cincinnati Inc. BAAM printer demonstrates 3D printing with recycled composites

Dual-material thermoplastic extrusion system produces monolithic composites tool exceeding 10 feet in length, without manual intervention.

RTM

AniForm, Moldex3D develop interface tool for more accurate RTM prediction analysis

Interface enables users to consider forming-induced fiber reorientation in the RTM simulation model for a more accurate representation of the flow domain.

Aerospace

Northrop Grumman contributes key composite structures for ULA Delta IV rocket launch

Eleven composite structure such as composite thermal shields, interstage, payload, propellant tanks, produced via hand layup, machining and inspection techniques supported the successful launch.
#aeroengines #northropgrumman #layup

Shearographic inspection

Automating NDT for CFRP aerostructures

Robotic laser shearography enables 100% inspection of complex, flight-critical composite structures.
#space #airbus #workforcedevelopment

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Videos / Podcasts

Testing

AZL to carry out ultra-fast consolidator machine and inductive double-belt press developments

Innovative systems demonstrate highly scalable and flexible consolidation of composite laminates. Follow-up projects to be carried out this year.

Marine

Impact tests on RAMSSES ship hull demonstrator show resilience of composites

Damen Shipbuilding and project consortium partners test 6-meter-high, resin-infused composite hull section.
#regulation

Injection/Overmolding

ENLIGHTEN program launched to speed thermoplastic composites industrialization

Multi-scale modeling, testing, sensors and machine learning will advance understanding and algorithms to achieve process control and optimization for both aerospace and automotive supply chains.
#paek #composites4_0

Energy Storage

Contactless measurement of temperature, pressure in composites

Magnetic microwires enable contactless measurement of temperature and pressure during cure and in service.
#trends #composites4_0

Testing

Clean Sky 2 SHERLOC project advances SHM for composites

New video shows goals, framework, sensors and tests for more affordable, smart composite fuselage
#cleansky #composites4_0

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

Testing

AeroVironment completes successful Sunglider HAPS stratospheric test flight

During the 20-hour test flight, the solar-powered high-altitude pseudo-sattelite (HAPS) surpassed 60,000 feet in altitude and demonstrated broadband mobile connectivity.
#uas

Additive Manufacturing

Cincinnati Inc. BAAM printer demonstrates 3D printing with recycled composites

Dual-material thermoplastic extrusion system produces monolithic composites tool exceeding 10 feet in length, without manual intervention.

RTM

AniForm, Moldex3D develop interface tool for more accurate RTM prediction analysis

Interface enables users to consider forming-induced fiber reorientation in the RTM simulation model for a more accurate representation of the flow domain.

Machining/Drilling

Northrop Grumman contributes key composite structures for ULA Delta IV rocket launch

Eleven composite structure such as composite thermal shields, interstage, payload, propellant tanks, produced via hand layup, machining and inspection techniques supported the successful launch.
#aeroengines #northropgrumman #layup

Filament Winding

NWCC, Cygnet Texkimp collaboration to advance data on winding capability for composite parts

Research project to demonstrate damage tolerance and impact resistance of composite parts manufactured with new multi-axis winder and 3D winding technologies for further development and commercialization.
#braiding #weaving #automation

Testing

AZL to carry out ultra-fast consolidator machine and inductive double-belt press developments

Innovative systems demonstrate highly scalable and flexible consolidation of composite laminates. Follow-up projects to be carried out this year.

Testing

Study demonstrates improved abrasion resistance using TFP aramid nonwovens

Study shows aramid veil acts as a sacrificial layer to protect the underlying reinforcement, improves durability and extends composite structure lifespan.

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Testing

AIMS Metrology introduces coordinate measurement machine for large parts inspection

Suited for composites applications in a range of industries, the Summit is engineered with a 5-axis scanning probe, REVO-2 sensors and options for automation.

Testing

BreakThru Technology reduces free formaldehyde in phenolic resins

The technology reduces free formaldehyde in phenolic fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) resins to below 1000ppm (less than 0.1%).

Testing

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

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

Testing

Magnum Venus products launches fusion filament winder

Ideal for winding pressure vessels, the Fusion filament winder is a compact, adaptable design. 

Testing

Exact Metrology presents RS-SQUARED area scanner

Manufactured by Hexagon, the 3D white light scanner is designed for high-speed, portable scanning of parts and surfaces.