Composite Materials News

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

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'World's first' one-piece carbon fibre wheel unveiled

The world's first one-piece carbon fibre composite wheel has been touted by Australian firm Carbon Revolution.  Read More


Breakthrough composite material could let body panels serve as car battery

Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a composite material that can not only store and discharge electrical energy but which is strong and lightweight enough to form part of a car's structure.  Read More


Research paves way for accurate manufacturing of aluminium composites

Engineers at the University of Exeter have developed a new technique that could make it easier and cheaper to produce high performance aluminium composite parts for the aerospace and automotive industries.  Read More


Graphene sheets could filter water more efficiently than existing methods

Researchers at MIT have developed a new approach for water desalination using graphene as a filtration material.  Read More


Prepreg made from natural flax fibre

Amber Composites has announced that prepreg with fabric made from sustainably sourced woven flax is now available. The flax fabric, made by Composites Evolution, provides the high performance and easy processing normally associated with glass fibre composites, but with lower weight and environmental impact.  Read More


Polyurethane composite resin cures faster

Henkel has developed a polyurethane-based composite matrix resin that cures faster than epoxy resins during injection. It hopes the development will allow more automation of the resin transfer moulding (RTM) manufacturing process.  Read More


Composite structures mimic seashells

Material scientists at ETH-Zürich are working on composite materials that mimic the structure of seashells. Complex structures produced using tiny magnetic particles guide the composites' stiffer elements into place. The technique will enable more durable coatings as well as stronger and lighter materials.  Read More


Turbine blades force growth in materials demand

A report from AMI Consulting said the global demand for materials in the production of wind turbine blades grew by over 20% per annum in the last five years. The market for wind turbine blades has been one of the fastest growing of any composite application, with strong growth in Europe, North America and, more recently, Asia.  Read More


New tape bonds varied substrates

Adhesive tape manufacturer Tesa has developed a 'constructive bonding' tape that enables substrates with different thermal coefficients and surface roughness to be bonded for 'decades' in outside applications.  Read More


Resin extruded honeycomb panels

SABIC Innovative Plastics has used its Ultem resins to extrude honeycomb panels for use on aircraft. The material was extruded into hollow tubes and cut to length before being joined using a thermo-bonding process for adhesion.  Read More


Graphene based composite could provide less toxic way of rust-proofing steel

Researchers in the US have developed a new graphene based composite for rust-proofing steel that could serve as a non toxic alternative to traditional hexavalent chromium based coatings.  Read More


‘Electronic nose’ created using innovative composite technology

UK firm Peratech has created an 'electronic nose' that detects the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and could be integrated into paper or clothing to alert a user to the presence of harmful gases.  Read More


GKN developing robotics for composite structure repair

GKN Aerospace has developed a prototype robotic machine that utilises leading edge laser technology to automate the repair of composite structures on aircraft.  Read More


National Composites Centre to partner with Dassault Systèmes

The newly established National Composites Centre has entered into a partnership agreement with Dassault Systèmes.  Read More


Government to invest £2million in technology inspired innovation

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £2million in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across a range of core technology areas.  Read More


Researchers developing lightweight, inexpensive composite brake rotors

Researchers in the US are developing next generation aluminum composite brake rotors for the mass market, which they claim could offer 60% weight savings and 3x longer life expectancy compared to their iron counterparts.  Read More


National Composites Centre declared open for business

A new multi-million pound centre of excellence seeking to enhance the UK's composites expertise has been officially opened by Business Secretary Vince Cable.  Read More


GKN to produce composite HondaJet fuselage

GKN Aerospace has won a production contract with Honda Aircraft to supply a lightweight, composite fuselage for its HondaJet advanced light business jet.  Read More


Bayer develops polyurethane-based composite for large windmill blades

Bayer MaterialScience has developed a new polyurethane-based composite material for large windmill blades.  Read More


EV charging station prototype is made of wood-plastic composite

Researchers in Germany are developing an alternative EV charging station based on environmentally compatible materials.  Read More


New approach to carbon nanotube resin composite manufacture

Researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology have developed a method for producing carbon nanotube resin composites that is said to require only 1% of the conventional amount of additive to produce electrical conductivity in the material.   Read More


All plastic wheels for Smart car

Automotive manufacturer Daimler has teamed up with BASF to develop all plastic wheels for use on its Smart car. The concept is driven by a desire to reduce weight.  Read More


Folding stool printed on single print job

Rapid prototyping and 3d printing specialist, Objet has revealed details of a full size folding stool able to support more than 100Kg.   Read More


Nanocomposite polymers enable world’s first synthetic organ transplant

Scientists at University College London have designed and manufactured a nanocomposite tracheal scaffold, which has been used in the world's first synthetic organ transplant.  Read More


Rolls-Royce to power enhanced Airbus A350-1000

UK aerospace firm Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement to be the exclusive engine provider for the largest of Airbus' new composite based airliners.  Read More

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