Composite Materials News

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

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20/12/2016

Nano-modified aerospace composites with improved electrical and thermal conductivity

New technology that could enhance both the electrical and thermal conductivity of conventional composite materials has been developed thanks to a collaboration between the University of Surrey, University of Bristol and aerospace company Bombardier.  Read More

19/12/2016

Exova increases aerospace testing capabilities in US and UK

Exova has expanded its testing capabilities in the aerospace sector with a series of upgrades at its laboratories in Anaheim, California and Lancaster, UK.  Read More

15/12/2016

Foam industry set to expand

The polymer foam industry is set to grow by 2.5% annually over the next 10 years driven by thermal and acoustic insulation and lightweighting, in key industries including in transportation and construction.  Read More

14/12/2016

Putting a spring into vehicle fuel efficiency

Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have won research funding worth £250,000 from Innovate UK for a project that will put a (polymer) spring into vehicle fuel efficiency.  Read More

14/12/2016

3D printing composites

Additive manufacturing pioneers Stratasys has developed a composite 3D printer. It has developed the capability with Siemens that combines 3D printing know-how with motion control expertise. The result is the ability to 3D print large composite parts.  Read More

13/12/2016

Metal replacement on surgical instrument

Surgical instruments used for adenoid and tonsil surgeries have had metal parts replaced with a 50% glass-fibre reinforced polyarylamide (PARA) supplied by Solvay. The Elasso Surgical Instruments’ Tissue Removal Device is a single-use electrocautery instrument that requires high flexural strength to provide the viable alternative to metal. Maintaining precision and surgical efficacy of its instrument without compromising the rigidity was key during development.  Read More

07/12/2016

Icon gets materials makeover

Velocipedes were the first pedal-powered bicycles in history, made famous in the UK by the Penny Farthing. In a recent project between German design agency DING3000 and materials specialists BASF, the pair decided to revisit the design concept, but use high performance plastics as well as electric mobility technology.   Read More

05/12/2016

Silicone coating for medical devices

Organic silicones are playing an increasingly important role in the surface modification of next generation medical devices. The technique known as plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) of silicon dioxide coatings are seen widely as an enabling material technology for future products.  Read More

25/11/2016

Graphene coated motorcycle helmet

A collaboration between Graphene Flagship partner Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) and luxury design company Momodesign has resulted in the commercial launch of a motorcycle helmet that benefits from the inclusion of graphene. The Graphene Flagship says this presents an early success story in translating graphene’s properties to marketable technologies.   Read More

07/11/2016

Better graphene through chemistry

Researchers at the Centre for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM), within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) claim that adding hydrogen to graphene could improve its future applicability in the semiconductor industry. The researchers’ findings are helping to extend the knowledge of the fundamental chemistry of graphene and may bring scientists closer to realising new graphene-based materials.   Read More

28/10/2016

ARMOR launches production of flexible photovoltaic films

After six years of technological partnership with major names in the global chemical industry and an investment of €40million, ARMOR is ready to launch industrial production of a new generation of photovoltaic material. ASCA is a 3rd generation ‘low-carbon’ material that is said to pave the way for an array of industrial applications.  Read More

28/09/2016

Flat graphene speakers for mobile audio systems

Researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a speaker design specifically targeted for the mobile audio market that draws its capabilities from nanomaterials. The KAIST researchers have used graphene to produce a speaker that does not require an acoustic box to produce sound.  Read More

26/09/2016

Directa Plus launches graphene-based 3D printing material

Directa Plus has launched GRAFYLON 3D, a polylactic acid-based (PLA) graphene-enhanced filament for 3D printing, which has been developed in collaboration with FILOALFA, a division of Ciceri de Mondel that specialises in producing filaments used in 3D printing. GRAYFLON 3D is claimed to be the first 3D printing product to contain the Company’s Graphene Plus.  Read More

23/09/2016

High performance polyamide based material for 3D printing

CRP Technology has launched WINDFORM FX BLACK, a new generation polyamide based composite material within the WINDFORM family of materials for professional 3D Printing. Dark black in colour, its mechanical characteristics make it particularly suited for Additive Manufacturing applications.  Read More

14/09/2016

Spray-on hydrophobic material

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have developed a spray-on material with the ability to repel water. The researchers say their protective coating could eventually be used to waterproof mobile phones, prevent ice from forming on aeroplanes, keeping skyscraper windows clean or protect boat hulls from corroding.  Read More

12/09/2016

Life-saving bacteria-phobic material coating

Medical innovator Camstent has announced that it has raised a record £850,000, nearly trebling the original £300,000 target, to bring its bacteria-phobic polymer coatings to market.  Read More

07/09/2016

Covestro supports sustainable power generation with more efficient wind turbine manufacture

Covestro has created the first ever large polyurethane rotor blade, replacing epoxy in the composite structure. The 37.5m blade was made in conjunction with the Shanghai FRP Research Institute, and will make up a prototype 1.5MW turbine to assess performance.   Read More

31/08/2016

Manchester scientist develops designer membranes

Sebastian Leaper, a PhD student at the University of Manchester, has won the Eli and Britt Harari Graphene Enterprise Award 2016 for his business proposal to develop world changing water filtration technology using graphene.  Read More

26/08/2016

3D printed structures “remember” their shapes

Engineers from MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) are using light to print 3D structures that “remember” their original shapes. Even after being stretched, twisted, and bent at extreme angles, the structures are said to spring back to their original forms within seconds of being heated to a certain temperature range.  Read More

10/08/2016

Triumph goes for speed record on US salt flats

UK motorbike manufacturer, Triumph, has reached its fastest ever speed bringing it a step closer to achieving the world record.  Read More

02/08/2016

Altair announces Enlighten Awards winners for innovation in vehicle lightweighting

Altair and the Centre for Automotive Research (CAR) has announced the winners of the 4th annual Altair Enlighten Award, the automotive industry awards programme that acknowledges innovation in vehicle weight reduction.   Read More

02/08/2016

World’s first car to feature graphene panels

BAC has partnered with Haydale Composite Solutions to become the first manufacturer in the world to develop a car featuring panels made from graphene. The rear wheel arches of the BAC Mono, the company’s road-legal supercar, are made out of the innovative and lightweight material.  Read More

01/08/2016

3D-printed lattice structure absorbs vibrations and provides support

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a three-dimensional lattice structure capable of absorbing vibrations while also acting as a load-bearing component – for example, in propellers, wind turbine rotors and rockets.  Read More

29/07/2016

Researchers develop porous carbon foam with wide range of applications

Researchers from Imperial College London claim to have developed a low-cost method for producing a carbon foam material that can be used for a variety of applications.   Read More

27/07/2016

Engineers develop hybrid nanomaterials to transform dirty water into drinkable water

A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis has found a way to use graphene oxide sheets to transform dirty water into drinking water, a discovery it says could be a global game-changer.  Read More

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