Composite Materials News

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

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15/07/2009

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

13/07/2009

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

29/05/2009

Kite soars high with lightweight wings

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

11/05/2009

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

20/03/2009

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

16/02/2009

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

28/01/2009

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

16/12/2008

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

10/12/2008

Showing lots of fibre

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

28/10/2008

Absorbing the payback from composites

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

09/10/2008

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

01/10/2008

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

29/08/2008

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

30/01/2008

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

15/01/2008

F1 expertise fuels breakthroughs

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

31/10/2007

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

02/08/2007

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

12/01/2007

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

08/01/2007

‘Encapsulated’ wiring harness makes debut

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

16/08/2006

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

20/07/2006

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

19/07/2006

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

20/08/2002

Strengthening its wings

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

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