Composite Materials News

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

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Analysis determines carbon fibre composition

Exeter Analytical has developed proprietary techniques based on its Model 440 CHN analyser to determine the percentage of carbon (C) and hydrogen (H) in carbon fibre composite materials.   Read More


RWTH Aachen University opens department for joining technology

Already representing nine research institutes, RWTH Aachen University is to open a department for joining technology early this year.  Read More


Creating smart products from smart materials

In a competition that will open for registration on 16 March 2015, Innovate UK in partnership with Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest up to £6 million in collaborative R&D projects.  Read More


Components lighten aerospace load

Working closely with engineers and technicians along the supply-chain, Victrex claims that it is able to contribute to speed up manufacturing processes and lower energy consumption with components that are up to 60% lighter than metal.   Read More


Limpet teeth could inspire composite material

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have found that limpet teeth could be a model for short fibre-reinforced material composition.  Read More


Research throws IR light on plasmonic devices

Researchers at North Carolina State University have identified and synthesised a material that can be used to create efficient plasmonic devices that respond to light in the mid-infra-red (IR) range.   Read More


Hologram materials can be tested simultaneously

A measurement method, developed by i-sft, allows several quantitative characteristics of holograms to be tested at the same time, even during the manufacturing stage of Bayer MaterialScience's photopolymer film Bayfol HX.   Read More


Flexible devices are a step closer

Researchers from South Korea have manufactured a thin film that keeps its electric and magnetic properties even when it is curved.   Read More


Polymide aerogel combines toughness with light weight

Claimed to be the first commercially available polyimide aerogel, AeroZero combines the physical and toughness properties of plastic films with the insulation properties of aerogels, says Blueshift International Materials.   Read More


Transmission crossbeam made from fibreglass reinforced polyamide

?Fibreglass reinforced polyamide has been used in the construction of the transmission crossbeam – part of the rear axle – in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The component, created using BASF Ultramid, is said to offer optimum strength, good noise, vibration and harshness performance, as well as high crash protection. A central component of the rear axle, it is about 25% lighter than diecast aluminum versions.   Read More


Gold spheres can drill holes in ceramic materials

Nanotechnologists of the University of Twente have discovered that spherical gold particles, when heated, can 'drill' nanometre diameter tunnels in ceramic materials. The team believes this could be an easy way to equip chips with nanopores; for DNA analysis, for example.   Read More


Amphibious vehicle benefits from large composite moulding

Morgan Advanced Materials has helped in the design and development of a highly innovative amphibious vehicle. Nuneaton based Gibbs Technologies has developed the Humdinga, a 6.7m long utility vehicle for potential use in a number of sectors.  Read More


Composite wrap being used to repair metal pipes

A composite wrap is being used to repair metal pipework on site without the need of hot curing.  Read More


High-temp composite replaces titanium on Nasa’s Shuttle successor

TenCate Advanced Composites developed a heat resistant composite material that is being used to provide a heat shield and backshell structure of the Lockheed Martin Orion multi-purpose manned spacecraft, currently being tested and developed by Nasa.  Read More


Getting to grips with composites

A new information service, dedicated to helping customers get to grips with composites, has been launched by Lucideon.  Read More


Advanced Composite Materials Facility opened

Greg Clark, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, has opened the University of Southampton's Advanced Composite Materials Facility. The facility, the only of its kind in the UK, will develop and manufacture new and advanced materials for semiconductor electronics, data storage, photonics and energy harvesting, conversion and storage.  Read More


Aerospace-grade composites made easy

A team from Loughborough University has come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fibre-reinforced composites.  Read More


Composites meet biomimetics

A pavilion that's robotically fabricated from carbon and glass fibre composite materials has been constructed as part of a joint project between architecture and engineering researchers at the University of Stuttgart.  Read More


Composite fan blades boost aircraft fuel efficiency

GE is utilising a next generation carbon fibre composite for the fan blades of its new GE9X engine, which it says will deliver fuel savings of around 5%.  Read More


Bloodhound SSC: Inside the cockpit of a 1,000mph car

Described by driver Andy Green as his '1,000mph office', the Bloodhound SSC's new cockpit is a true showcase of world class engineering design.  Read More


UK firm moves to high volume composite manufacture for automotive industry

Leicester based Formax has commissioned a composite manufacture machine that will be dedicated to high volume automotive applications. The multi-axial machine by Karl Mayer Malitronic is part of a €2.5million investment programme by the company to allow carbon fibre and specialty composite reinforcements to be used in higher volume markets.  Read More


Bio-inspired material is 10x stronger than ceramic

Researchers have copied the structure of nacre – a strong, iridescent material found on the inside of mollusk shells – to create a material that's almost 10 times stronger than conventional ceramics.  Read More


Graphene-reinforced polymers the focus of EU project

NetComposites is leading an EU funded project to develop production techniques that will enable industrial scale quantities of graphene-reinforced thermosetting polymers.   Read More


Titanium seats cut aircraft weight

Lightweight aircraft passenger seats have been developed by French firm Expliseat.  Read More


Formax to open dedicated automotive centre

Carbon fibre composite reinforcement manufacturer Formax is to open a specialist automotive production unit at its Leicestershire headquarters to support higher volume manufacture of lightweight vehicle structures.   Read More

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