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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16/03/2011

Nano composites make stronger alloys

Tom Shelley reports on the latest breakthrough in commercially-available metal matrix composites.   Read More

10/02/2011

'Green' composites save money

Tom Shelley reports on two ways of making eco composites with financial benefits.  Read More

13/01/2011

Composites and metals combine for strength

Tom Shelley reports on how composite patches can strengthen metal structures and thick metal coatings can enhance composites.   Read More

06/12/2010

Engineering tomorrow

Tom Shelley looks at developments in the last 30 years and makes some predictions about the next 30.  Read More

13/10/2010

Ceramics in a bag give extra strength

Tom Shelley reports on a construction that allows ceramics to withstand massive impacts.  Read More

09/09/2010

Hot coatings for composites

Tom Shelley reports on coatings that can protect composites against intense heat and provide other beneficial properties.  Read More

10/08/2010

Sintered plastics control fluids on micro scale

Tom Shelley reports on some of the applications of very fine-grained, high-purity, sintered plastic.  Read More

10/08/2010

Complex materials boost performances

Tom Shelley reports on partly bio-based materials that outperform conventional resins.  Read More

13/07/2010

Sculpted surfaces produced by beams

Tom Shelley reports on progress with a process for producing metal surfaces with protuberances and pits that is now finding commercial application.  Read More

09/02/2010

Stopping all danger

Tom Shelley reports on some of the materials and technologies involved in producing armour  Read More

09/02/2010

New carbon-carbon composite breaks through the cost barrier

Tom Shelley reports on the development of technology that revolutionises the manufacture of high-performance friction materials  Read More

07/12/2009

New shape helps to resist pressure

By forming special shaped grooves into tubes, it is possible to make lightweight pipes that can withstand immense external pressures.  Read More

09/10/2009

Bio composites become a genuine alternative

Tom Shelley cuts through some of the green hype and highlights where biologically produced materials and sustainability really can bring benefits  Read More

05/10/2009

Composites proved for submarine hulls

Pressure testing of an experimental composite submarine hull at the University of Portsmouth has validated finite element analysis (FEA) models it had created  Read More

10/09/2009

Nature shapes superior surfaces

Advanced engineering coatings that are harder, more non stick and work at higher temperatures are being developed as an alternative to PTFE. These low cost coatings are also unable to get wet, can enhance fluid flow or act as thermal barriers.  Read More

15/07/2009

DSEi 2009 preview

Over 1350 exhibitors from across the globe will be showcasing the latest innovations at this year's Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) running from September 8 to 11  Read More

14/05/2009

Thick sandwiches designed for infusion

Tom Shelley investigates a new type of sandwich material that could replace aluminium honeycomb in defence and aerospace applications  Read More

13/05/2009

System analysis enhances artificial limb design

Tom Shelley reports on a mechanical coupling that dramatically improves the lives of leg amputees  Read More

07/04/2009

Polymer research pays off for safety

Tom Shelley investigates the advantages brought by advanced polymer technologies to personal protective equipment  Read More

02/04/2009

Curing round studs increases integrity

Tom Shelley reports on a way of improving the integrity and strength of joints between composites and metals  Read More

12/03/2009

Metal-polymers have shining future

Tom Shelley reports on a novel material technology that has great potential for low cost solar cells and a host of other applications  Read More

17/02/2009

Advanced Materials Land In The UK

The aerospace industry’s dogmatic pursuit of composites could make the material more accessible to other sectors, Justin Cunningham reports…  Read More

09/12/2008

Absorbing the payback, extracting the benefits

Tom Shelley reports on latest developments in composites reinforced with natural fibres  Read More

09/10/2008

Sports car made to be greener

Lotus has developed a special green edition of its Elise sports car, the “Eco Elise”, using natural materials  Read More

09/10/2008

New composites could suit fuel cells and biosensors

Composites made of glucose oxidase (GOx), carbon nanotubes and biologically synthesised silica have been developed with the aim of using them in biosensors and biofuel cells  Read More

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