Composite Materials Features

Find in depth design and production features about composites. Our editors bring you a host of the latest thinking, innovation, materials views and opinions about new and exotic composites, how to design to get the most from them, and new methods to manufacture them as cost effectively as possible.

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09/12/2015

Weaving the future

There is a global trend to lightweight parts across all industries. But while the materials have existed for decades, the manufacturing processes are only just coming of age.  Read More

11/09/2015

The testing and analysis of wind turbine blades

We talk to an engineer whose day job it is to bend and even break goliath wind turbine blades, and find out what can be learnt as the materials are put through their paces. Justin Cunningham reports.  Read More

10/09/2015

Early graphene adopters lead way for greater commercialisation

After years of development, graphene is set for commercialisation. Here, we find out the applications that are likely to benefit and the techniques that have been developed to make series production possible. James Bakewell reports.  Read More

22/06/2015

Building colour confidence

Carbon fibre uses the Henry Ford attitude: ‘You can have any colour, as long as it’s black’. And it’s here designers and engineers face a challenge. But, is that about to change?  Read More

10/03/2015

Raising the BAR

If you have the best sailor in the Olympic history, sailing the best boat available, then the long wait for a British victory in the America's Cup will be over. Easier said than done of course  Read More

06/03/2015

Composites ready for mass production of auto industry

Composites and the automotive industry are yet to answer the volume question. So will thermoplastics allow lightweight structures be produced in their millions quickly and at the right price? James Bakewell finds out.   Read More

06/03/2015

Leading composites innovations for 2015 announced

As Europe's biggest composites show approaches, we look at the innovations that have been making the headlines.  Read More

13/11/2014

Is carbon fibre unravelling?

The use of carbon fibre is proliferating throughout industry. But is the supply chain ready to respond to the expected increase in demand? Or is the wonder material about to unravel?   Read More

13/11/2014

Graphene: What does the future hold outside of the lab?

The 2010 Nobel Prize catapulted Graphene onto the world stage, and it's since captured the attention of the materials world. No doubt there are extraordinary opportunities.  Read More

13/11/2014

Process brings colour to carbon

Carbon fibre has taken a leaf out of Henry Ford's book. You can have it in any colour you like, as long as it is black. By its very nature, carbon is black, and consequently as nice as any lacquered finish might look, if you want it in any other colour you have to resort to painting over the surface.  Read More

15/09/2014

Composites set to benefit transportation industries

Introducing exotic materials into industries where metallic's have ruled is an ongoing challenge for the composites sector. The materials' inherent low-density has always been its best selling point.   Read More

06/08/2014

F1 changes the world

The Science museum pays homage to the technology that has come out of Formula One. Justin Cunningham pays it a visit  Read More

13/06/2014

Lightweight composite material could be a 'game changer'

An anonymous industrial estate on the outskirts of Basingstoke might not seem the place for the start of a revolution in lightweighting, but if the partnership between Composite Metal Technology (CMT) and C&J Antich & Sons lives up to expectations, then perhaps the town best known for its plethora of roundabouts will have another, more impressive, claim to fame.  Read More

13/06/2014

Carbon fibre composites continue to proliferate throughout industry

Over the last decade, the civil aerospace industry has pioneered the manufacture of large composite components, taking the material from being considered exotic and destined for military and space bound applications, to the relative mainstream. And this has sparked interest from a number of different sectors including automotive and sporting equipment manufacturers looking to take out weight while improving strength.  Read More

13/03/2014

Composites boost performance of track day car

Track day events have become increasingly popular in the last decade with many motorsport enthusiasts taking to the circuit to get a first hand taste of what it's like to travel around without a speed restriction. The trend has seen a number of mainstream manufacturers bring to market track-ready versions of production vehicles, to cater for individuals that want to drive cars optimised for the track.  Read More

13/03/2014

Which type of composite material is right for you?

Make no mistake, composites are on the increase. The perception that the material is an exotic choice for engineers with big budgets is becoming more dated by the day. Composites are now filtering down from industries such as motorsport and aerospace, and finding more applications, in more industry sectors.  Read More

12/09/2013

Virtually refined: The engineering success story behind the 2012 Olympics

The design and manufacture of Great Britain's gold medal winning bike helped athletes in the last three Olympic Games win medals.  Read More

14/06/2013

Thermoplastics to revolutionaise the composites industry?

Nothing about composites is average or conventional. While offering some of the best strength/stiffness-to-weight ratios of any material, it is difficult to produce and inherently expensive.   Read More

13/06/2013

They may be sustainable, but how good are flax and jute for the engineer?

You may think that the use of natural fibres like flax or jute in composite parts is all about ticking a box for environmental credentials. In many cases, you'd be right, but increasingly natural materials are finding applications where they can offer some distinct advantages.  Read More

18/03/2013

Mass production of composites solved

Successfully utilising composite structures to produce vehicles requires substantial improvements in the tools used for end-to-end product development.   Read More

18/03/2013

Woven or unwoven fibres?

With evermore applications being found for reinforced composites, increasing questions are being asked about the best methods of using fibre and resin in a matrix.   Read More

24/09/2012

Designing composites into industry

In the second part of our Designing in Composites articles, we talk to experts from both the design and manufacture world about the opportunities for innovation. Justin Cunningham reports.   Read More

12/07/2012

World's biggest clock tower features Gurit composites

There has been an awful lot of overlap of materials knowledge in the last few years between industries, particularly when it comes to composites. This is because these are the materials that everyone is still trying to fully exploit fully and engineers from all industries are coming together to share knowledge in an effort to make that happen.  Read More

15/06/2012

Quantum tunnelling composites: Making a switch

There aren't many companies that can lay claim to an entire area of material science. UK company Peratech can. Paul Fanning finds out more.  Read More

15/06/2012

Designing composites into industry

In the first of two articles, Engineering Materials talks to the UK's leading advocates of composite materials discussing the opportunites for innovation and find out why engineers should not be daunted. Justin Cunningham reports.  Read More

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