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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12/05/2008

Nature struts its stuff

Tom Shelley reports on some of the latest material fabrication ideas originally prototyped by nature  Read More

09/02/2008

F1 expertise fuels engineering breakthrough

Tom Shelley reports on radical design technologies developed in Formula 1 and now being made available for mainstream engineering  Read More

08/02/2008

Turning up the heat

An aeroplane wing that can de-ice itself in flight is one application of a new type of composite technology. Lou Reade reports  Read More

17/12/2007

Taking the hits without flinching

Tom Shelley reports on a new means of creating composites to absorb impacts, regardless of whether they are delivered fast or slow  Read More

14/11/2007

Weaving aramid with carbon makes for better composites

Optimum composite sheet properties could be achieved by combining aramid and carbon fibres in the weave.  Read More

14/11/2007

Chimney camera takes the heat

When extreme heat kicks in, how do you insulate electronics against the potential consequences? Tom Shelley reports  Read More

26/04/2007

Why carbon is hot news

Tom Shelley reports on advanced heat spreaders and heat insulators – from the very expensive to the more economical – but all carbon-based  Read More

26/04/2007

Sky-high ambitions for carbon fibre re-use

A new process is enabling carbon fibre from composites to be recovered and re-used in new composites. Tom Shelley reports  Read More

13/03/2007

Carrot and sticks

Scottish company Cellucomp has developed a new bio-composite which uses carrot fibre as the main reinforcement material  Read More

13/03/2007

Looking beneath the skin

Carbon nanotubes could provide a way of monitoring the health of composite components. Lou Reade reports  Read More

22/02/2007

Composite panels compete on price on top-end cars

Carbon fibre composites could have come a step closer for mainstream cars  Read More

13/02/2007

Material advances are key to fast success

Tom Shelley reports on some of the innovations from this year’s Autosport International Show  Read More

22/09/2006

Maximum material performance

Tom Shelley reports on how 3D carbon fibre composites are at last poised to make serious inroads into automotive and aerospace  Read More

22/09/2006

High strength steel wire for composites

Tom Shelley reports on an old idea brought up to date  Read More

10/05/2006

Concrete reinforcing fibres offered cheaper

Tom Shelley reports on an alternative source of polymer fibres to dramatically improve the mechanical engineering properties of concrete  Read More

10/02/2006

Composites set new limits

Tom Shelley reports on a composite technology that combines low cost with exceptional performance, including fire resistance  Read More

27/01/2006

Polymer fibres make flexible concrete to withstand earthquakes

Tom Shelley reports on a novel technology that gives normally brittle materials the ability to absorb significant amounts of deformation  Read More

16/09/2005

Advanced prosthetics go for gold

Tom Shelley reports on how technical advances in artificial limbs are likely to prove to be winners in the Paralympics with subsequent benefits to be reaped by all   Read More

10/03/2005

Wood with plastic offers cost performance benefits

Tom Shelley reports on a class of materials that combine the benefits of wood and other natural products with polymers   Read More

26/05/2004

Composites go from strength to strength

Tom Shelley reports on some of the latest enhancements in fibre reinforced composites for use in aerospace, defence and automotive applications   Read More

10/12/2003

Human lungs and leaves show way to more power

Tom Shelley reports on how lessons learned from nature could be of great benefit in what is expected to be the next generation of automotive power sources  Read More

14/08/2003

Smart polymers set to be the next silicon revolution

Tom Shelley reports on the explosion in electrically and electronically active materials, and where this looks to be taking us  Read More

09/06/2003

Composites whisper their problems

Tom Shelley reports on a technique that would allow composites to be used more confidently in safety critical commercial applications  Read More

07/05/2003

Metal composites forged to save weight

Metal matrix composites can now be forged by large amounts, sufficient to make aircraft wheels. Tom Shelley reports  Read More

01/04/2002

Natural holes are best for strength

Tom Shelley explains how lessons from nature can help us make much improved composite constructions complete with integral sensors   Read More

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