Composite Materials News

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

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03/11/2015

Self-healing concrete could save £40bn in maintenance costs

A team of researchers from the Universities of Bath, Cambridge and Cardiff are carrying out the first trials of self-healing concrete in the UK. If the trial is successful it could lead to huge savings on maintenance of the UK’s network of roads, towns, and cities. It is estimated that around £40billion is spent each year in the UK on structural maintenance, and the majority of these structures are made of concrete.  Read More

30/10/2015

GE to mass-produce CMCs for the first time

Engineers like GE Aviation’s Sanjay Correa believe that “we’re running out of headroom in metals.” He and his team at GE say that a new class of materials called ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) is set to revolutionise everything from power generation to aviation, and allow engineers to build more powerful and efficient jet engines before the end of the decade.  Read More

24/09/2015

Haydale and Huntsman to develop Graphene enhanced ARALDITE resins

Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd (HCS) has signed a letter of intent to start a joint development and commercialisation agreement with Huntsman Advanced Materials (Huntsman). As part of agreement Haydale will functionalise Graphene Nano Platelets (GNPs) using its proprietary HDPlas process and add them to Huntsman's ARALDITE resins to create a highly loaded masterbatch.   Read More

11/09/2015

Glass-like coatings for automotive parts combine protection with colour

The INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials will be presenting coatings that offer protection from corrosion and wear as well as featuring aesthetically pleasing design and colour at this year's IAA International Motor Show.  Read More

07/09/2015

Haydale joins NATEP to develop electrically conductive enhanced composites for aircraft

Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd has entered into an 18 month research project awarded and managed by the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP).  Read More

07/09/2015

Bioplastic healed by water

According to a team of researchers at Penn State, a multiphase polymer derived from the genetic code of squid ring teeth can be healed by a drop of water. This material may someday extend the life of fibre-optic cables and other hard to repair in place objects.   Read More

04/09/2015

Luminescent gel could detect stresses in mechanical systems

Researchers at MIT have developed materials that can emit light of precisely controlled colours and whose output can be tuned to respond to a variety of external conditions. The materials could be used in detecting chemical and biological compounds, or mechanical and thermal conditions.  Read More

01/09/2015

Elastollan 65% lighter than standard inner tube materials

BASF has helped Schwalbe to develop a thermoplastic material for bicycle inner tubes that has the same strength yet is much lighter than butyl-based inner tubes. The material that has been produced is based on BASF's thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), Elastollan. The properties of Elastollan allow for the wall thickness of the Evo Tube to be reduced meaning that the overall weight of the product is up to 65% lighter for a standard 29'' inner tube.  Read More

24/08/2015

Funding to aid discovery of new advanced materials

A £6.65million grant for research aimed at accelerating the discovery and application of new advanced materials for the energy sector has been announced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).   Read More

21/08/2015

Laser-burned graphene could replace platinum as catalyst for fuel cells

Rice University chemists have found a way to embed metallic nanoparticles that turn laser-induced graphene into a functional catalyst for fuel cells and other applications.  Read More

13/07/2015

Ceramic matrix composite components are taking off

GE is using ceramics matrix composites (CMC) in its next generation LEAP jet engines and other machines that burn fuel and handle enormous temperatures. Ceramics can withstand higher heat than even the most advanced alloys. They also don't need to be air-cooled and weigh one third that of metal components, opening the way for smaller and lighter jet engines.  Read More

08/07/2015

Cellular concrete pads are 85% lighter than conventional concrete

Cresco Concrete Products have released super lightweight resistant equipment pads that feature an expanded polystyrene (EPS) core surrounded on five sides by fibre reinforced lightweight cellular concrete.  Read More

26/06/2015

(Re)Inventing the wheel

Man's greatest invention has been given a new twist with the help of some innovative materials. The Loopwheel is a shock absorber and wheel in one, and to date has been applied to bicycles. However, it is being re-engineered and refined for use with wheelchairs.  Read More

25/06/2015

Carbon fibre adds sonic 'trumpet' to instruments

The music world is getting a materials makeover as it uses carbon fibre for the first time to great sonic effect. Instrument makers, engineers, acoustic designers and musicians worked together to develop a trumpet and a trombone in a joint project for daCarbo Instruments.  Read More

15/06/2015

Scientists create friction-free material

Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to use tiny diamonds and graphene, creating a new material combination that demonstrates the rare phenomenon of 'superlubricity'.  Read More

12/06/2015

Changing textures with a little force

A team of researcher at MIT have developed a polymer that can change from perfectly smooth to ridged, bumpy, or to have complex patterns when force is applied.  Read More

05/06/2015

Metal replacement: composite cylinder housings for next generation engines

SBHPP High Performance Plastics, a business unit of Sumitomo Bakelite has predicted that the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines by the year 2020, replacing the aluminium components currently in use.  Read More

27/05/2015

Hexcel announces new plant site and expansions

Hexcel is investing £163million in a new carbon fibre facility. The plant will occupy a 37 acre site at the Osiris Chemicals Industry Platform in Roussillon, France, and will be comprised of both polymerisation and carbonisation lines. The plant is part of Hexcel's ongoing investment to create a supply chain to support aerospace customers' growing demand for carbon fibre composites.  Read More

22/05/2015

KWM completes study into lightweight chassis concept

KW Motorsport (KWM) completed the first phase of a research project into the development of lightweight, low cost, composite chassis technology (known as ToPCaT), after securing funding from Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP). ToPCaT can be used across a range of niche vehicle applications including low cost motorsport.  Read More

13/05/2015

Metal composite floats on water

Researchers from Deep Springs Technology and the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering have demonstrated a new metal matrix composite that is so light that it can float on water, with a density of 0.92g/ cm3.  Read More

27/03/2015

Structures are tougher than bulletproof vests

Researchers at UT Dallas have created structures that stretch to up to seven times their length, while remaining tougher than Kevlar, the material often used to make bulletproof vests.  Read More

24/03/2015

Software predicts thermoplastic composites for automotive industry

Researchers are on the verge of a breakthrough that will allow for the wide-scale use of thermoplastic composites in the automotive industry.   Read More

20/03/2015

Bloodhound car panels excel at ballistic tests

The design and build of the Bloodhound Supersonic car is in the final stages before heading to South Africa to challenge the world land speed record.  Read More

17/03/2015

Surface Generation secures £3million investment

Composite processing equipment manufacturer, Surface Generation, has secured £3.11million of new investment.  Read More

13/03/2015

Artificial skin changes colour to order

Engineers at the University of California at Berkeley have created a thin material that can be made to change colour when a small amount of pressure is applied.  Read More

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