Composite Materials News

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

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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


UK firm plays its part in $100m yacht

Southampton-based composites specialist Insensys played a major role in the construction of the Maltese Falcon, the ‘superyacht’ unveiled last week in Italy  Read More


Strengthening its wings

DTI funding lifts QinetiQ’s research into polymeric composites  Read More

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