WIND/ENERGY

Wind/Energy

ACT Blade, AMRC cooperate on 13m blade demonstrator

ACT Blade’s wind turbine blade design uses a textile shell overwrapping a structural spar to help reduce blade weight and manufacturing cost. 

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Thermoplastics

FLOTANT project to develop composite mooring cable system for deep water wind farms

Project partners are testing pultruded carbon fiber/thermoplastic profiles for use in a more cost-efficient, robust offshore wind farm mooring system. 
#windblades #outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

Fiberline to supply carbon fiber profiles for Nordex Group wind blades

Denmark-based Fiberline says this transaction is its largest carbon fiber profile contract in the wind industry to date.
#windblades

Automotive

U.K. develops Sustainable Composites to address composite recycling challenge

The partnership will accelerate new recycling technologies, such as delivering a series of R&D projects, investing in new material feedstocks and more.  
#windblades #biomaterials #sustainability

Design/Simulation

PlasmaBound completes €1.1 million investment round

Ireland-based PlasmaBound has developed controlled polymer ablation (CPA) technology, which joins structural adhesives to composites materials.
#infrastructure #windblades #adhesives

 Aeris Energy

CW Plant Tour: Aeris Energy, Caucaia, Brazil

This young, up-and-coming wind blade manufacturer was founded to serve the Brazilian wind energy market, but it’s poised to do much more.
#adhesives #planttours #vestas

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Videos / Podcasts

Glass Fibers

National Composites Centre leads dismantlable joints research

Adhesive additive technology is reported to make composite parts easier to dismantle, maintain and recycle.
#trends #adhesives #sustainability

Testing

CSIRO: Developing higher-quality, higher-strength, lower-cost carbon fibers

SIROPAN precursor aims for >20% increase in carbon fiber properties with increased control via RAFT polymerization, FLOW processing and novel metrology.
#trends #sustainability #boeing

Wind/Energy

Composites Index contracts on weak backlogs

For February 2020, the Composites Index contracted slightly with a reading of 49.7.
#economics

Aerospace

Ducommun licenses WSU lightning strike protection for composite wind blades

New technology showed no damage after up to 8 lightning strikes and can be repaired in 20 minutes.
#windblades #sustainability

Wind/Energy

National Composites Centre unveils digital composites technologies

The U.K.’s National Composites Centre unveils new composites manufacturing technologies, marking the culmination of a two-year, £36.7m digitization project.
#airbus #outofautoclave #ndi

Fabrics/Preforms

IRT Jules Verne, Airbus and Fives launch MADRAS automated textile deposition line for WING project

Goal is full-scale testing of large, complex shape preforms at 5-6 times faster speeds for future aircraft.
#sustainability #airbus

Wind/Energy

FAURECIA to supply hydrogen storage systems for 1,600 Hyundai heavy-duty trucks

Delivery of 10,000 composite tanks proves industrialization strategy of 20% lower weight, 50% lower cost components
#electricvehicles #electronics #stelia

Wind/Energy

ACT Blade, AMRC cooperate on 13m blade demonstrator

ACT Blade’s wind turbine blade design uses a textile shell overwrapping a structural spar to help reduce blade weight and manufacturing cost. 
#windblades

Wind/Energy

FLOTANT project to develop composite mooring cable system for deep water wind farms

Project partners are testing pultruded carbon fiber/thermoplastic profiles for use in a more cost-efficient, robust offshore wind farm mooring system. 
#windblades #outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

Fiberline to supply carbon fiber profiles for Nordex Group wind blades

Denmark-based Fiberline says this transaction is its largest carbon fiber profile contract in the wind industry to date.
#windblades

Automotive

U.K. develops Sustainable Composites to address composite recycling challenge

The partnership will accelerate new recycling technologies, such as delivering a series of R&D projects, investing in new material feedstocks and more.  

Marine

PlasmaBound completes €1.1 million investment round

Ireland-based PlasmaBound has developed controlled polymer ablation (CPA) technology, which joins structural adhesives to composites materials.

Wind/Energy

Bio-based hybrid tapes assessed for lightweight applications

A project of AZL’s partner institute, ITA,  integrates flax fiber reinforcement with a PA11 resin matrix. Targeted end markets include automotive and wind energy. 

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Natural Fibers

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

Glass Fibers

SAERTEX introduces glass, carbon fiber fabrics for wind blades, marine

The company is launching a range of new glass and carbon fiber materials for wind turbine rotor blades, boatbuilding and more.
#outofautoclave #windblades

Automotive

Norton buffing wheels use minimal compound to maximize product life

Key applications include automatic or semi-automatic buffing, cut buffing and mush buffing in a range of markets such as automotive, hardware, oil and gas and more.
#sustainability

Wind/Energy

Solvay introduces high-temperature PEEK polymer

KetaSpire PEEK XT promises the chemical resistance of standard PEEK plus significantly higher strength and stiffness at elevated temperatures.
#peek #outofautoclave #pekk

Epoxies

SWM launches Naltex flow media for resin infusion

SWM International (Alpharetta, Ga., U.S.) announces the introduction of Naltex flow media for resin infusion processes.
#outofautoclave #windblades

Hi-Temp Resins

JEC World 2019 preview: Sika Advanced Resins

Sika Advanced Resins (Baar, Switzerland) is unveiling Ullit’s (Diors, France) composite tank for trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG).