Composite Materials News

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

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Ford returns to wheat straw reinforced polymer

The Ford Flex – an SUV destined for the US market - is to use polypropylene reinforced with wheat straw to make some of its interior storage bins.  Read More


Metamaterial research gets £4.9million funding

Researchers at Imperial College London, working in collaboration with scientists at the University of Southampton, has received £4.9million from the Leverhulme Trust to support their work in developing metamaterials.  Read More


Groundbreaking lightning strike simulation project

Lightning strike tests of a helicopter at Eurocopter's Donauwörth facility, in Germany, has verified the accuracy of finite element analysis techniques for characterising the electromagnetic behaviour of complete and custom-cabled modern aircraft structures constructed using advanced composite materials.  Read More


Commercial and industrial developments dominate at Invention Awards

The British Invention Awards have become a platform for serious IP and technology transfer and entries this year included a hydrogen powered car, sensorless linear motors and metal injection moulding.  Read More


Dyson develops small powerful motor

Dyson has developed a 'next generation' electrical motor that it says will to power energy efficient technologies of the future. The DDM V2, which is 55.8mm in diameter and weighs 139g, achieves 84% energy efficiency as it spins at more than 100,000rpm.  Read More


Carbon composite process improves surface finish by eliminating lacquer

Automotive and motorsport technology specialist, Prodrive, has developed an answer to the problem of lacquer deterioration on visible carbon composite parts.  Read More


Kite soars high with lightweight wings

Swiss researchers are incorporating beams filled with air in kites to help tow ships.  Read More


Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell Roadster takes inspiration from history

Apprentices at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen, Germany have built a unique fuel cell powered Roadster. For about a year, more than 150 junior engineers worked on the overall concept.  Read More


Deadline close for Euro materials funding

Anyone interested in participating in the funding initiative for the Matera+ pan European materials project needs to file their pre proposal online by May 15th 2009,   Read More


British wind turbines provide power in Antarctica

Eight 6kW wind turbines made by the Scottish company, Proven Energy are now supplying power to the Princess Elizabeth Station in Antarctica, which was officially inaugurated yesterday, February 15th 2009.  Read More


Bone inspired hybrid foams

A group of Fraunhofer Institutes is engaged in a project to develop hybrid foams, that they say, could combine the flexibility of plastics with the resilience of metal to create a material with entirely new properties.  Read More


Catia helps top speed

A superfast sailing boat, the hydrofoil equipped trimaran l’Hydroptère, already holder of the world sailing boat speed record over one nautical mile, is being reconfigured with the help of Catia to beat the absolute sailing boat speed record over 500m  Read More


Showing lots of fibre

A breakthrough in the commercial production of bacterial cellulose nanofibres for engineering materials from fruit waste  Read More


Absorbing the payback from composites

A new breed of composites are reinforced with natural fibres  Read More


Aero Sekur re-entry module passes test

Aero Sekur’s SPEM (SPacecrew Emergency Module) described in the September 2008 edition of Eureka has successfully passed a major qualification test to simulate atmospheric re-entry.   Read More


Future cars may be like this

The British designed and built Axon two seater 2+2 multifunction hatchback is a concept car, set to go into production in 2010, that is expected to go from 0 to 60mph in 12.5s yet achieve 80mpg and produce only 80g CO2 per km, making it free of road tax. Top speed is 80 mph.  Read More


First hydrogen car race wins with composite vehicle

The first ever “Formula Zero” race for hydrogen powered cars was won in Rotterdam on August 23rd 2008 in a car built by students at the Delft University of Technology using “Turane” thermoset urethane resins from DSM Composite Resins.  Read More


Composites can be made self healing

A study just completed by Qinetiq, funded by the European Space Agency has come to the conclusion that it is possible to make composite structures that can repair themselves, but it is not going to be quite as simple as was first thought  Read More


F1 expertise fuels breakthroughs

Radical design technologies developed in Formula 1 and being made available for mainstream engineering  Read More


Composites get back their own society

Tuesday October 30th saw the launch, or rather the re-launch of the British Composites Society as a separate entity within the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining  Read More


Radiation shield material slashes weight and cost

A new radiation shielding material invented by Dr Hossein Saidpour, a principle lecturer and reader at the University of East London, is said by him to be “A fraction of the density and a fraction of the cost of lead”.  Read More


Materials advances key to fast success

Steps forward in materials technology are some of the most striking advances to be seen at the Autosport International show now on at the Birmingham NEC.  Read More


‘Encapsulated’ wiring harness makes debut

Beru F1’s ‘Wiring in Composite’ has been used in the Jaguary C-XF concept cat  Read More


Spray on technology helps heat composites

A ‘spray-on heating system’ for coating composite parts could be used as a way of de-icing aircraft wings.  Read More


Lotus car wins race – despite lack of engine

The composite-bodied Type 119c soapbox car smashed the course record for downhill racing at the Brooklands Soapbox Derby at the weekend  Read More

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