Composite Materials News

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

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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

27/07/2016

New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2D nanomaterials

A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen. The environmentally friendly process is said to generate a 20-fold increase in surface area per sheet, which could expand the nanomaterials' commercial applications.   Read More

26/07/2016

Self-healing textiles can also neutralise chemicals

A team of researchers from Penn State University have created a self-healing, thin film coating that could be applied to clothes to prevent soldiers from chemical or biological attacks in the field or factory workers from accidental releases of toxic materials.   Read More

25/07/2016

Sending data wirelessly through ‘smart’ composites

Research and innovation organisation, TWI has created a form of data transfer technology called SurFlow. It claims that SurFlow can be incorporated into composite materials to create a high-capacity, resilient data transfer network.  Read More

25/07/2016

Chinese/UK graphene partnership to deliver lighter planes

The Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM) and the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester will carry out a five-year collaborative research project which plans to deliver lighter, better performing aircraft and high-speed trains.  Read More

22/07/2016

Engineers create nanolayered composites

Adapting a trick used for centuries by both metalsmiths and pastry makers, a team of researchers at MIT has found a way to efficiently create composite materials containing hundreds of layers that are atoms thick but span the full width of the material. The discovery could open up wide-ranging possibilities for designing new, easy-to-manufacture composites for optical devices, electronic systems, and high-tech materials.  Read More

19/07/2016

Researchers develop centimetre scale structures with nanoscale features

Researchers from Virginia Tech have found a way to create lightweight, strong, super elastic 3D printed metallic nanostructured materials with unprecedented scalability, a full seven orders of magnitude control of arbitrary 3D architectures.  Read More

06/07/2016

Earth-quake proof buildings inspired by coconut shells

Researchers at the Plant Biomechanics Group of the University of Freiburg have been working with material scientists and civil engineers to investigate how the specialised structure of coconut shells could help to design buildings that can withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters.   Read More

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