Composite Materials Features

Find in depth design and production features about composites. Our editors bring you a host of the latest thinking, innovation, materials views and opinions about new and exotic composites, how to design to get the most from them, and new methods to manufacture them as cost effectively as possible.

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Absorbing the payback, extracting the benefits

Tom Shelley reports on latest developments in composites reinforced with natural fibres  Read More


Sports car made to be greener

Lotus has developed a special green edition of its Elise sports car, the “Eco Elise”, using natural materials  Read More


New composites could suit fuel cells and biosensors

Composites made of glucose oxidase (GOx), carbon nanotubes and biologically synthesised silica have been developed with the aim of using them in biosensors and biofuel cells  Read More


Composites on the wing

The aerospace industry is embracing composites in a big way. Lou Reade reports on some of the latest innovations  Read More


Composite vehicle wins first hydrogen car race

The first ever ‘Formula Zero’ race for hydrogen-powered cars was won in Rotterdam on 23 August 2008   Read More


Thermal barrier coating for composites

A plasma-sprayed, ceramic, thermal barrier coating has been developed that is suitable for use with composites  Read More


Nature struts its stuff

Tom Shelley reports on some of the latest material fabrication ideas originally prototyped by nature  Read More


F1 expertise fuels engineering breakthrough

Tom Shelley reports on radical design technologies developed in Formula 1 and now being made available for mainstream engineering  Read More


Turning up the heat

An aeroplane wing that can de-ice itself in flight is one application of a new type of composite technology. Lou Reade reports  Read More


Taking the hits without flinching

Tom Shelley reports on a new means of creating composites to absorb impacts, regardless of whether they are delivered fast or slow  Read More


Weaving aramid with carbon makes for better composites

Optimum composite sheet properties could be achieved by combining aramid and carbon fibres in the weave.  Read More


Chimney camera takes the heat

When extreme heat kicks in, how do you insulate electronics against the potential consequences? Tom Shelley reports  Read More


Why carbon is hot news

Tom Shelley reports on advanced heat spreaders and heat insulators – from the very expensive to the more economical – but all carbon-based  Read More


Sky-high ambitions for carbon fibre re-use

A new process is enabling carbon fibre from composites to be recovered and re-used in new composites. Tom Shelley reports  Read More


Carrot and sticks

Scottish company Cellucomp has developed a new bio-composite which uses carrot fibre as the main reinforcement material  Read More


Looking beneath the skin

Carbon nanotubes could provide a way of monitoring the health of composite components. Lou Reade reports  Read More


Composite panels compete on price on top-end cars

Carbon fibre composites could have come a step closer for mainstream cars  Read More


Material advances are key to fast success

Tom Shelley reports on some of the innovations from this year’s Autosport International Show  Read More


Maximum material performance

Tom Shelley reports on how 3D carbon fibre composites are at last poised to make serious inroads into automotive and aerospace  Read More


High strength steel wire for composites

Tom Shelley reports on an old idea brought up to date  Read More


Concrete reinforcing fibres offered cheaper

Tom Shelley reports on an alternative source of polymer fibres to dramatically improve the mechanical engineering properties of concrete  Read More


Composites set new limits

Tom Shelley reports on a composite technology that combines low cost with exceptional performance, including fire resistance  Read More


Polymer fibres make flexible concrete to withstand earthquakes

Tom Shelley reports on a novel technology that gives normally brittle materials the ability to absorb significant amounts of deformation  Read More


Advanced prosthetics go for gold

Tom Shelley reports on how technical advances in artificial limbs are likely to prove to be winners in the Paralympics with subsequent benefits to be reaped by all   Read More


Wood with plastic offers cost performance benefits

Tom Shelley reports on a class of materials that combine the benefits of wood and other natural products with polymers   Read More

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