Composite Materials News

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

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16/01/2018

High-performance composites made via novel 3D printing technique

A team of researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has demonstrated a novel 3D printing method that yields unprecedented control of the arrangement of short fibres embedded in polymer matrices. They used this additive manufacturing technique to program fibre orientation within epoxy composites in specified locations, enabling the creation of structural materials that are optimised for strength, stiffness, and damage tolerance.  Read More

11/01/2018

Research into self-regenerative materials

A consortium of seven universities, has received a grant of £2.7m to undertake ground-breaking research into manufacturing materials which have the ability to self-heal or regenerate.  Read More

08/01/2018

MIT technique produces nanofibres with exceptional strength and resilience

Researchers at MIT have developed a process, called gel electrospinning, that can produce ultrafine fibres that are exceptionally strong and tough. These fibres, which should be inexpensive and easy to produce, could be used in applications such as armour and nanocomposites.  Read More

13/12/2017

CPI and Durham University collaborate to commercialise nanotechnology-enabled products

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and Durham University are working together to help SMEs in County Durham to accelerate the commercialisation of nanomaterial-enhanced products, supported with funds from the European Regional Development Fund.   Read More

01/12/2017

Merging molecular science and engineering to make 3D printing better, cheaper

Researchers at Imperial College London are merging the fundamental research of molecular science with the more end-of-use-focussed discipline of engineering to help propel the 3D printing industry into its next stage of development.  Read More

27/11/2017

Graphene vibration could unlock clean, limitless energy

Research conducted by physicists at the University of Arkansas, has provided strong evidence that the motion of two-dimensional materials could be used as a source of clean, limitless energy. Paul Thibado, professor of physics at the University of Arkansas, and his students studied the movements of graphene.  Read More

14/09/2017

Engineering Materials Live opens next week at Duxford

Engineering Materials Live opens its doors to visitors next Thursday (21st September) at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire, and you can still secure your free visitor badge online to attend.   Read More

13/09/2017

Hexcel launches £7.4m project to create carbon fibre fabrics for aircraft and automotive parts

Hexcel is launching a four-year Multi AXial Infused Materials (MAXIM) project, a Government-backed £7.4 million research and development project. The MAXIM project, backed by the UK Aerospace Technology Institute and match-funded by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, will be responsible for developing progressive, cost-effective materials and manufacturing solutions for large aerospace and automotive composite structures such as aircraft wings and car bodies.  Read More

29/08/2017

Engineering Materials Live returns at Duxford

After the success of the inaugural Engineering Materials Live Exhibition, co-located with FAST Exhibition, at the National Motorcycle Museum in May, the event is back again at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire on 21st September.  Read More

15/08/2017

Nanomaterials help spiders spin tougher silk

Italian and UK researchers have found a way to make Spider silk stronger, using various spider species and carbon nanotubes or graphene.  Read More

21/07/2017

Strengthening 3D printed parts for real-world use

3D printed parts are used in a variety of industries from aerospace and defence to digital dentistry and medical devices. These parts are often fragile and traditionally used in the prototyping phase of materials or as display pieces. Now, US researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University have developed a process to strengthen 3D printed parts so they can be used in a practical way.  Read More

12/07/2017

Ceramic coating breakthrough brings us closer to hypersonic air travel

Researchers at The University of Manchester in collaboration with Central South University (CSU), China, have created a carbide-based ceramic coating that could revolutionise hypersonic travel for air, space and defence purposes.  Read More

10/07/2017

Time to register for Engineering Materials Live

Registration is now open for Engineering Materials Live, which takes place at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire on 21st September.   Read More

07/07/2017

Spray-on sensing technology for structural health monitoring

A team of researchers from Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed sensors which can be sprayed directly on to flat or curved surfaces. The sensors can be networked to extract rich real-time information on the health status of the structure being monitored. Due to its light weight and low fabrication cost, large quantities of sensors can be deployed in a sensor network for detecting hidden flaws of structures, which the researchers say will pave the way for a new era of ultrasonics-based structural health monitoring.  Read More

30/06/2017

Material uses solar energy to remove man-made dye pollutants from water

A novel composite material has been developed by scientists in the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University which shows promise as a catalyst for the degradation of environmentally-harmful synthetic dye pollutants, which are released at a rate of nearly 300,000 tonnes a year into the world's water.  Read More

30/06/2017

Graphene dialysis membrane filters fast

Dialysis is the process by which molecules filter out of one solution, by diffusing through a membrane, into a more dilute solution. Outside of haemodialysis, which removes waste from blood, scientists use dialysis to purify drugs, remove residue from chemical solutions, and isolate molecules for medical diagnosis.   Read More

12/06/2017

Carbon as hard as rock but also elastic

A team of scientists from Yanshan University and Carnegie Institution for Science has developed a form of ultrastrong, lightweight carbon that is also elastic and electrically conductive. This unique combination of properties could serve a variety of applications from aerospace engineering to military armour.   Read More

02/06/2017

4D printing load bearing structures

Researchers at ETH Zurich, led by head of the Engineering Design and Computing Lab Kristina Shea, have developed a construction principle to control the deformation of load bearing 4D printed objects. The moveable and shape-variable objects can be printed as flat components that can be folded out later. The hope is they can also change their shape via external influences or induced forces.  Read More

26/05/2017

Nanoalloys to replace pure platinum in fuel cells

According to research conducted by Chalmers University of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark, a new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars.  Read More

25/05/2017

Materials that stand on edge increase efficiency in solar cells

Studies by researchers from Lund University in Sweden and Fudan University in China have shown increased efficiency in solar cells thanks to perovskite’s ability to self-organise by standing on edge.   Read More

12/05/2017

Engineering Materials Live: Focussed success

The inaugural Engineering Materials Live Show kicked off on Thursday 11 May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. Coupled with the long running FAST exhibition, delegates arrived early enticed by the thought of a bacon sandwich and cup of coffee, before quickly turning their attention to the packed exhibitors’ halls and content-rich technical seminar sessions.   Read More

09/05/2017

Graphene membranes could make nuclear decontamination 100 times less energy intensive

According to research by the University of Manchester, graphene could help reduce the energy cost of producing heavy water and decontamination in nuclear power plants by over 100 times compared with current technologies. This could lead to the reduction of CO2 emissions associated with heavy water production by up to a million tonnes per year.  Read More

05/05/2017

‘Talking’ graphene could revolutionise the audio and telecommunications industries

Researchers from the University of Exeter have devised a ground-breaking method to use graphene to generate complex and controllable sound signals, combining speaker, amplifier and equaliser into a chip the size of a thumbnail.  Read More

04/05/2017

Method developed for recycling carbon fibre composites

A research team from Washington State University (WSU) has developed a promising way to recycle the carbon fibre plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry.  Read More

02/05/2017

Engineering Materials Live to open next week as exhibitor space sells out

Exhibitor stands have now completely sold out for the Engineering Materials Live exhibition as the new event is set to open its doors to visitors on 11th May at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.   Read More

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