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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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

01/02/2002

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

01/11/2001

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

01/04/2001

The healing power of polymers

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

01/04/2001

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

01/03/2001

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

01/08/2000

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

01/05/2000

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

01/05/2000

Composite hull gives tank top performance

A plastic-bodied tank shows how low-cost composites can be economically fabricated in thick sections for severe applications.  Read More

01/09/1999

Fit for the future

A recent paradigm shift in ceramic technology should make it a more widely used material.  Read More

01/03/1999

Robots chop and change composites

A process which simplifies composite part creation, defeating the cost and time limitations normally imposed by complex geometries  Read More

01/03/1999

Bone-shaped fibres bear the brunt

An advance in composite fabrication that brings additional strength to a range of structures  Read More

01/11/1998

Thermoplastics spread their wings

Materials make aeroplanes lighter and easier to manufacture  Read More

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