Composite Materials News

The latest news from the composites industry including new material science, engineering breakthroughs, processing, production and manufacture.

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24/02/2017

£128m investment in advanced materials research institute

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, has confirmed £128million of funding for research equipment and facilities to develop advanced materials. £105m of the funding will be devoted to the construction of the building to host the Henry Royce Institute at The University of Manchester.  Read More

17/02/2017

Composites sharing site aims to reduce waste and support composite materials research.

The short shelf life of composite materials can result in large quantities of waste and high cost and long lead time make sourcing materials for research difficult. Dr James Meredith, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, has come up with a novel solution to these problems by creating the Composites Exchange, a website which gives users the ability to share and acquire unwanted composite materials.  Read More

16/02/2017

MacRebur launch crowdfunding campaign to go global with stronger, longer lasting roads fix

MacRebur is on a mission to fix UK roads by launching a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to take their patented idea worldwide. The three founders are looking to raise £590,000 equity to grow and develop their business, which is already disrupting the UK asphalt industry.  Read More

08/02/2017

McLaren to open £50m composites facility at AMRC

McLaren Automotive is to open a £50million purpose-built Composites Technology Centre at the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in a move expected to create more than 200 jobs. The facility will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of advanced carbon fibre chassis for McLaren supercars.  Read More

01/02/2017

First metal-free metamaterial that can absorb electromagnetic energy

Electrical engineers at Duke University claim to have created the world's first electromagnetic metamaterial made without any metal. The device's ability to absorb electromagnetic energy without heating up has direct applications in imaging, sensing and lighting.  Read More

31/01/2017

Artificial skin ‘feels’ temperature changes

A team of engineers and scientists at Caltech and ETH Zurich have developed an artificial skin capable of detecting temperature changes.   Read More

27/01/2017

AMRC Composite Centre wins funding to help keep UK at forefront of automotive innovation

The Composite Centre of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing has won £360,000 in funding from Innovate UK to investigate the way composite material is developed for use in automotive components.  Read More

26/01/2017

Meeting market demand with Engineering Materials Live

The new Engineering Materials Live exhibition will open in Birmingham in May. This new event is being launched in association with Engineering Materials magazine to meet the needs of engineering professionals who are tasked with sourcing and specifying plastic mouldings, composites, prototyped parts and advanced materials.  Read More

26/01/2017

Metamaterial can switch from hard to soft and back again

University of Michigan researchers have developed a new way to design a metamaterial that can be easily manipulated to increase the stiffness of its surface by orders of magnitude - the difference between rubber and steel - without damaging or altering the material itself.  Read More

25/01/2017

CPI and Haydale collaborate on Smart Filter project

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is part of a consortium that aims to develop a low cost self-cleaning coating technology based on functionalised graphene, which once applied to industrial membranes increases the resistance to fouling or enhances ion removal.  Read More

20/01/2017

New additions to graphene exhibition look to the future

New items have been added to the Museum of Science and Industry’s Wonder Materials exhibition. The new section of the exhibition, ‘From now to the future’, looks at pioneering applications of graphene in the home and also looks at how a new generation of wonder materials could help tackle some of the huge environmental challenges facing humanity.  Read More

18/01/2017

MIT technique enables adaptable 3D printing

MIT chemists have developed a technique that allows them to print objects and then go back and add new polymers that alter the materials’ chemical composition and mechanical properties. It can also fuse two or more printed objects together to form more complex structures.  Read More

16/01/2017

Luxus completes Hycolene commercialisation project

Luxus has celebrated the completion of its €1.4m Recyclite project, co-funded by the EU’s Eco-Innovation initiative. The three-year project to help commercialise the technical compounder’s environmentally positive, advanced lightweight, scratch resistant thermoplastics range for Class ‘A’ auto interiors will come to an end later this month.  Read More

13/01/2017

Historic deal by Made in the Midlands saves RAPRA

Made in the Midlands have officially saved the Rubber & Plastics Research Association (RAPRA) in a historic deal for the future of the nation's manufacturing sector.  Read More

12/01/2017

Cost effective lightweighting project to overmould carbon fibre composite with thermoplastic

Carbon fibre processor, Surface Generation, has started work on an 18-month R&D project to produce affordable lightweight carbon fibre components for the automotive industry. Backed by Innovate UK, the Rutland based firm will overmould long-fibre reinforced carbon composites with a short-fibre thermoplastic to produce a range of example coupons, sub-element components and demonstrator parts.  Read More

09/01/2017

Bomb suit tests show advanced materials offer more protection and greater flexibility

Berks based Morgan Advanced Materials has recently completed independent testing of its Silverback 4020 Elite bomb disposal suit. The tests were conducted at the independently certified Ordnance Test Solutions facility at Faldingworth.  Read More

09/01/2017

MIT researchers design a material 10 times as strong as steel but much lighter

A team of researchers at MIT claims to have designed one of the strongest lightweight materials known by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene. The material, a sponge-like configuration with a density of 5%, is said to have a strength 10 times that of steel.  Read More

05/01/2017

Biologically infused graphene sensors

A team of researchers from the Technical University of Munich has succeeded in bonding porphyrins, an important biochemical group, to a graphene sheet. Porphyrins are protein rings which are part of chlorophyll, essential for photosynthesis in plants, and haemoglobin, which is responsible for conveying oxygen in animals’ blood. The researchers say the resulting hybrid structures could be used in the field of molecular electronics and in developing new sensors.  Read More

04/01/2017

Converting waste heat into energy - Composite material yields 10 times voltage output

Engineers from The Ohio State University have used magnetism on a composite of nickel and platinum to amplify voltage output 10 times or more - not in a thin film, as they had done previously, but in a thicker piece of material that more closely resembles components for future electronic devices.   Read More

03/01/2017

Composite breakthrough: nano-coating boosts electrical and thermal conductivity

A nano-coating that is claimed to enhance the thermal and electrical conductivity of composites has been developed in a project involving academia and industry.   Read More

29/12/2016

Researchers work to improve the lifecycle of materials

Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are working on materials that can react to their environment, recover from damage, and even self-destruct once their usefulness has come to an end.  Read More

20/12/2016

Nano-modified aerospace composites with improved electrical and thermal conductivity

New technology that could enhance both the electrical and thermal conductivity of conventional composite materials has been developed thanks to a collaboration between the University of Surrey, University of Bristol and aerospace company Bombardier.  Read More

19/12/2016

Exova increases aerospace testing capabilities in US and UK

Exova has expanded its testing capabilities in the aerospace sector with a series of upgrades at its laboratories in Anaheim, California and Lancaster, UK.  Read More

15/12/2016

Foam industry set to expand

The polymer foam industry is set to grow by 2.5% annually over the next 10 years driven by thermal and acoustic insulation and lightweighting, in key industries including in transportation and construction.  Read More

14/12/2016

Putting a spring into vehicle fuel efficiency

Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have won research funding worth £250,000 from Innovate UK for a project that will put a (polymer) spring into vehicle fuel efficiency.  Read More

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