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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Carrot and sticks

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


Looking beneath the skin

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


Composite panels compete on price on top-end cars

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


Material advances are key to fast success

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


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


High strength steel wire for composites

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


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


Composites set new limits

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Plasma blasts way to new materials

Direct current arc plasmas are contributing to the production of new, very high performance materials in industrial quantities  Read More


Straight lay-up gives carbon fibre greater strength

A new carbon fibre lay-up process, developed for yacht masts, has the potential to offer enhanced structural properties to a wide variety of other industries and products  Read More


The healing power of polymers

Advances in polymer technology which should open up their application bases even further  Read More


Plastics can provide their own feedback

Measurement and feedback of physical forces experienced by composites can be achieved with the use of modified fibre optics  Read More


Light alloys advance to bigger markets

Materials and technologies previously restricted to aerospace and Formula 1 racing are penetrating wider markets as costs come down and technical difficulties are overcome  Read More


Floating moulds make best composites

A new technology allows the fabrication of aerospace quality composite constructions at a fraction of the present day costs  Read More


Fibre tape takes the heat

A form of carbon fibre that will offer the designer higher heat transfer in a more usable format  Read More

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