Composite Materials News

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

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National Composites Centre declared open for business

A new multi-million pound centre of excellence seeking to enhance the UK's composites expertise has been officially opened by Business Secretary Vince Cable.  Read More


GKN to produce composite HondaJet fuselage

GKN Aerospace has won a production contract with Honda Aircraft to supply a lightweight, composite fuselage for its HondaJet advanced light business jet.  Read More


Bayer develops polyurethane-based composite for large windmill blades

Bayer MaterialScience has developed a new polyurethane-based composite material for large windmill blades.  Read More


EV charging station prototype is made of wood-plastic composite

Researchers in Germany are developing an alternative EV charging station based on environmentally compatible materials.  Read More


New approach to carbon nanotube resin composite manufacture

Researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology have developed a method for producing carbon nanotube resin composites that is said to require only 1% of the conventional amount of additive to produce electrical conductivity in the material.   Read More


All plastic wheels for Smart car

Automotive manufacturer Daimler has teamed up with BASF to develop all plastic wheels for use on its Smart car. The concept is driven by a desire to reduce weight.  Read More


Folding stool printed on single print job

Rapid prototyping and 3d printing specialist, Objet has revealed details of a full size folding stool able to support more than 100Kg.   Read More


Nanocomposite polymers enable world’s first synthetic organ transplant

Scientists at University College London have designed and manufactured a nanocomposite tracheal scaffold, which has been used in the world's first synthetic organ transplant.  Read More


Rolls-Royce to power enhanced Airbus A350-1000

UK aerospace firm Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement to be the exclusive engine provider for the largest of Airbus' new composite based airliners.  Read More


Nanotechnology creates energy efficient materials

A UK researcher is fabricating light and strong resistant materials with nano-additives in a bid to develop lighter components for automotive and aerospace industries.   Read More


Composites challenge aims to put UK at forefront of industry

A consortium of 22 companies across British industry has concluded a one year challenge to progress the UK's manufacturing capabilities in the growing field of composites.  Read More


Low cost blended carbon fibre yarns developed by UK partners

A multi partner UK project, Fibrecycle, has developed a new generation of high performance, low cost co-mingled carbon fibre yarns and fabrics, with funding support from the Technology Strategy Board.  Read More


Coloured polymer material to offer new defence against fraud?

Scientists from the University of Sheffield have developed a pigment free, intensely coloured polymer material that could provide new anti counterfeit devices on passports or banknotes due to its difficulty to copy.  Read More


Breakthrough material is as thin as paper and stronger than steel

Scientists have developed a new composite material based on graphite, which they claim is as thin as paper and 10 times stronger than steel.  Read More


‘World’s longest’ composite bridge debuts in Madrid

A new, innovative bridge made of carbon composites has been unveiled in Madrid.  Read More


Engineers devise new way to inspect advanced materials

Aeronautics engineers have unveiled a new method of detecting internal damage when building airplanes by using a simple handheld device and heat sensitive camera.  Read More


New plastic automatically repairs itself

Researchers have announced a 'self healing' plastic that can automatically repair itself and stop the growth of microcracks. The OSIRIS project is being run by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen.  Read More


ESA funding used to transfer technology from rocket fuel tanks to oil rigs

New funding from the European Space Agency (ESA) is enabling German manufacturer Formtech to use technology traditionally used to shape rocket fuel tanks to form floats for industrial chemical tanks and oil rigs. The technology, called 'super plastic forming' involves heating special alloys of titanium or corrosion resistant steel just enough to make them soft.   Read More


UK airline tests nanotechnology for fuel efficiency

easyJet has become the first commercial airline to trial a nanotechnology coating on its aircraft. According to the UK airline, the ultra thin coating will reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency.  Read More


Polymer-metal composite can monitor itself

Researchers at the Fraunfhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Material Research (IFAM) have developed a polymer-metal composite material which, they say, can be used to create plastic components that can monitor themselves.  Read More


New composite for extreme cold

Engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center have invented a new composite and new joining technologies in order to construct the frame of the Integrated Science Instrument Module for the James Webb Space Telescope  Read More


Hot composite coating wins a prize

Zircotec's zirconia coating for carbon fibre composite that was described in the September 2010 edition of Eureka won the 2010 Plastic industry Best Technology Application of the Year Award at the London Hilton  Read More


ARRK unveils new glass-like resin

ARRK's rapid prototyping division has expanded its range of stereolithography materials with the launch of a new water-clear resin.  Read More


UKTI grants for JEC exhibitors now available

A limited number of UKTI Trade Access Programme (TAP) grants are now available for UK companies to exhibit at JEC Asia in Singapore 2010. The grants are for £1000.   Read More


UK composites company creates hands for world’s largest mechanical clock

A Derby company which specialises in making body panels for Formula 1 cars has manufactured four sets of 'super light' hands for the world's largest mechanical clock.  Read More

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