TESTING

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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Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Construction

New Tennessee FRP bridge to promote composites use for rural infrastructure

Embedded fiber-optic sensors to give IACMI and industry partners critical performance and safety data of composite bridge deck, promote federal, state and local adoption of composites.
#infrastructure

Carbon Fibers

Continuous Composites demonstrates CF3D technology for Lockheed Martin, AFRL WiSDM project

Continuous Composites carbon fiber wing spar structural performance achieves 160% design limit load with no damage detected, offers potential for aerospace-grade composite printing.
#lockheedmartin #continuousfiberAM

Testing

Hexagon Digital Wave starts continued life service testing on composite cylinders for breathing apparatus

Tested tanks returned for extended service life with Antarctic Fire Department, prevents landfill on Antarctica continent.

Testing

Alpine Advanced Materials thermoplastic nanocomposite demonstrates UV resistance

UVA and UVC testing on the aviation-grade thermoplastic nanocomposite, HX5, found no performance degradation or impact on physical appearance.

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

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

Design/Simulation

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

Infusion

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

Carbon Fibers

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. 
#northropgrumman #space

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.

Design/Simulation

New Tennessee FRP bridge to promote composites use for rural infrastructure

Embedded fiber-optic sensors to give IACMI and industry partners critical performance and safety data of composite bridge deck, promote federal, state and local adoption of composites.
#infrastructure

Aerospace

Continuous Composites demonstrates CF3D technology for Lockheed Martin, AFRL WiSDM project

Continuous Composites carbon fiber wing spar structural performance achieves 160% design limit load with no damage detected, offers potential for aerospace-grade composite printing.
#lockheedmartin #continuousfiberAM

Testing

Hexagon Digital Wave starts continued life service testing on composite cylinders for breathing apparatus

Tested tanks returned for extended service life with Antarctic Fire Department, prevents landfill on Antarctica continent.

Testing

Alpine Advanced Materials thermoplastic nanocomposite demonstrates UV resistance

UVA and UVC testing on the aviation-grade thermoplastic nanocomposite, HX5, found no performance degradation or impact on physical appearance.

Infusion

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

NEW PRODUCTS: TESTING

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%).

Filament Winding

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

Aerospace

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

Filament Winding

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.