Composite Materials News

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

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Composite replaces metal for manhole covers

North Yorkshire based company, Fibrelite, is experiencing significant increases in demand for its range of lightweight composite access covers following a surge in metal theft.   Read More


£28m boost for National Composites Centre

Chancellor George Osborne has announced an investment of £28million to enhance the capabilities and capacity of the National Composites Centre (NCC).  Read More


Touch-sensitive plastic can ‘heal itself’

Stanford University researchers have created the first synthetic material that is both sensitive to touch and capable of healing itself quickly and repeatedly at room temperature.   Read More


Heat-conducting composites promise cheaper water desalination

Researchers in Germany have come up with a cheaper and more efficient alternative to the titanium tubes currently used in seawater desalination.   Read More


Carbon fibre bonnet promises more fuel efficient cars

Automotive giant Ford has demonstrated a prototype carbon fibre bonnet that it claims could help lower fuel consumption for its customers.   Read More


Manchester researchers unveil 'graphene roadmap'

A consortium of international researchers has produced a 'graphene roadmap' that sets out what the world's thinnest, strongest and most conductive material could achieve in the next few years.  Read More


Composite technology used for sealing

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has introduced Rubore composite materials to its portfolio to focus on automotive applications. The innovative manufacturing process allows the development of components that offer significant weight savings and cost reduction.  Read More


Huntsman enhances production

Huntsman has developed faster processing and reduced production cycles to focus on high-performance chemistries to enable more efficient manufacturing techniques and increase the penetration of composites in to the automotive sector.  Read More


New material could cut diesel engine pollution by 45%

Researchers in the US have discovered a new material that could reduce the pollution produced by vehicles that run on diesel fuel by around 45%.  Read More


'World's first' one-piece carbon fibre wheel unveiled

The world's first one-piece carbon fibre composite wheel has been touted by Australian firm Carbon Revolution.  Read More


Breakthrough composite material could let body panels serve as car battery

Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a composite material that can not only store and discharge electrical energy but which is strong and lightweight enough to form part of a car's structure.  Read More


Research paves way for accurate manufacturing of aluminium composites

Engineers at the University of Exeter have developed a new technique that could make it easier and cheaper to produce high performance aluminium composite parts for the aerospace and automotive industries.  Read More


Graphene sheets could filter water more efficiently than existing methods

Researchers at MIT have developed a new approach for water desalination using graphene as a filtration material.  Read More


Prepreg made from natural flax fibre

Amber Composites has announced that prepreg with fabric made from sustainably sourced woven flax is now available. The flax fabric, made by Composites Evolution, provides the high performance and easy processing normally associated with glass fibre composites, but with lower weight and environmental impact.  Read More


Polyurethane composite resin cures faster

Henkel has developed a polyurethane-based composite matrix resin that cures faster than epoxy resins during injection. It hopes the development will allow more automation of the resin transfer moulding (RTM) manufacturing process.  Read More


Composite structures mimic seashells

Material scientists at ETH-Zürich are working on composite materials that mimic the structure of seashells. Complex structures produced using tiny magnetic particles guide the composites' stiffer elements into place. The technique will enable more durable coatings as well as stronger and lighter materials.  Read More


Turbine blades force growth in materials demand

A report from AMI Consulting said the global demand for materials in the production of wind turbine blades grew by over 20% per annum in the last five years. The market for wind turbine blades has been one of the fastest growing of any composite application, with strong growth in Europe, North America and, more recently, Asia.  Read More


New tape bonds varied substrates

Adhesive tape manufacturer Tesa has developed a 'constructive bonding' tape that enables substrates with different thermal coefficients and surface roughness to be bonded for 'decades' in outside applications.  Read More


Resin extruded honeycomb panels

SABIC Innovative Plastics has used its Ultem resins to extrude honeycomb panels for use on aircraft. The material was extruded into hollow tubes and cut to length before being joined using a thermo-bonding process for adhesion.  Read More


Graphene based composite could provide less toxic way of rust-proofing steel

Researchers in the US have developed a new graphene based composite for rust-proofing steel that could serve as a non toxic alternative to traditional hexavalent chromium based coatings.  Read More


‘Electronic nose’ created using innovative composite technology

UK firm Peratech has created an 'electronic nose' that detects the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and could be integrated into paper or clothing to alert a user to the presence of harmful gases.  Read More


GKN developing robotics for composite structure repair

GKN Aerospace has developed a prototype robotic machine that utilises leading edge laser technology to automate the repair of composite structures on aircraft.  Read More


National Composites Centre to partner with Dassault Systèmes

The newly established National Composites Centre has entered into a partnership agreement with Dassault Systèmes.  Read More


Government to invest £2million in technology inspired innovation

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £2million in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across a range of core technology areas.  Read More


Researchers developing lightweight, inexpensive composite brake rotors

Researchers in the US are developing next generation aluminum composite brake rotors for the mass market, which they claim could offer 60% weight savings and 3x longer life expectancy compared to their iron counterparts.  Read More

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