Composite Materials News

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

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Triumph goes for speed record on US salt flats

UK motorbike manufacturer, Triumph, has reached its fastest ever speed bringing it a step closer to achieving the world record.  Read More


Altair announces Enlighten Awards winners for innovation in vehicle lightweighting

Altair and the Centre for Automotive Research (CAR) has announced the winners of the 4th annual Altair Enlighten Award, the automotive industry awards programme that acknowledges innovation in vehicle weight reduction.   Read More


World’s first car to feature graphene panels

BAC has partnered with Haydale Composite Solutions to become the first manufacturer in the world to develop a car featuring panels made from graphene. The rear wheel arches of the BAC Mono, the company’s road-legal supercar, are made out of the innovative and lightweight material.  Read More


3D-printed lattice structure absorbs vibrations and provides support

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a three-dimensional lattice structure capable of absorbing vibrations while also acting as a load-bearing component – for example, in propellers, wind turbine rotors and rockets.  Read More


Researchers develop porous carbon foam with wide range of applications

Researchers from Imperial College London claim to have developed a low-cost method for producing a carbon foam material that can be used for a variety of applications.   Read More


Engineers develop hybrid nanomaterials to transform dirty water into drinkable water

A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis has found a way to use graphene oxide sheets to transform dirty water into drinking water, a discovery it says could be a global game-changer.  Read More


New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2D nanomaterials

A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen. The environmentally friendly process is said to generate a 20-fold increase in surface area per sheet, which could expand the nanomaterials' commercial applications.   Read More


Self-healing textiles can also neutralise chemicals

A team of researchers from Penn State University have created a self-healing, thin film coating that could be applied to clothes to prevent soldiers from chemical or biological attacks in the field or factory workers from accidental releases of toxic materials.   Read More


Sending data wirelessly through ‘smart’ composites

Research and innovation organisation, TWI has created a form of data transfer technology called SurFlow. It claims that SurFlow can be incorporated into composite materials to create a high-capacity, resilient data transfer network.  Read More


Chinese/UK graphene partnership to deliver lighter planes

The Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM) and the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester will carry out a five-year collaborative research project which plans to deliver lighter, better performing aircraft and high-speed trains.  Read More


Engineers create nanolayered composites

Adapting a trick used for centuries by both metalsmiths and pastry makers, a team of researchers at MIT has found a way to efficiently create composite materials containing hundreds of layers that are atoms thick but span the full width of the material. The discovery could open up wide-ranging possibilities for designing new, easy-to-manufacture composites for optical devices, electronic systems, and high-tech materials.  Read More


Researchers develop centimetre scale structures with nanoscale features

Researchers from Virginia Tech have found a way to create lightweight, strong, super elastic 3D printed metallic nanostructured materials with unprecedented scalability, a full seven orders of magnitude control of arbitrary 3D architectures.  Read More


Earth-quake proof buildings inspired by coconut shells

Researchers at the Plant Biomechanics Group of the University of Freiburg have been working with material scientists and civil engineers to investigate how the specialised structure of coconut shells could help to design buildings that can withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters.   Read More


Wireless, wearable toxic-gas detector

MIT researchers have developed low-cost chemical sensors, made from chemically altered carbon nanotubes (CNTs), that enable smartphones or other wireless devices to detect trace amounts of toxic gases.  Read More


Hydrogel hybrid that doesn’t dry out

Engineers at MIT have found a way to prevent hydrogels from dehydrating, with a technique that could lead to longer-lasting contact lenses, stretchy microfluidic devices, flexible bioelectronics, and even artificial skin.  Read More


Permali Gloucester to supply composite armour materials for British Army vehicles

Permali Gloucester has recently been awarded a £15million contract to supply composite armour materials to General Dynamics European Land Systems, which will support 34 jobs at the company. The materials will be an important part of the ballistic protection measures used in a new AJAX vehicle. The AJAX vehicles are being delivered to the British Army by General Dynamics Land Systems-UK.  Read More


‘Necking’ produces unexpected results in composite material manufacture

Researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) have applied a technique from polymer manufacturing, called ‘cold drawing’, to product new kinds of materials for nanomanufacturing.  Read More


Researchers look to nature for blueprints for stronger, more durable concrete

Researchers at MIT hope to redesign concrete by following nature’s blueprints. From their observations of strong, durable natural structures such as bones, shells and deep-sea sponges, the team has proposed a ‘bottom-up’ approach for designing cement paste, the binding ingredient in concrete, which requires a huge amount of energy to manufacture.  Read More


Polyurethane gives perfect flight to EURO Championship soccer ball

Covestro and adidas are celebrating 30 years of working together developing soccer balls by releasing the ‘Beau Jeu’, or ‘beautiful game’, official match ball for the 2016 European Soccer Championship.  Read More


ACG formed to help UK exploit global market for low cost high volume composites

Through its Manufacturing Working Group, the Automotive Council and the Composites Leadership Forum have formed the Affordable Composites Group (ACG). The group aims to proactively facilitate the development of UK technology capability and supply chain capacity to deliver high productivity manufacturing of globally competitive, higher volume composite structures and components.  Read More


Compound switches between liquid and solid states when exposed to light or heat

A group of researchers from the Kobe University Graduate School of Science and Tokyo University of Science, Yamaguchi, has developed a metal-containing compound which transforms into a solid when exposed to light and returns to liquid form when heated. This substance could potentially be used for photolithography technology, such as fabricating printed circuits, among other applications.   Read More


OAS wins Innovate grant to conduct rescued carbon fibre study

Innovate UK has awarded £233,000 to Oxford Advanced Surfaces (OAS), a specialist surface modification and advanced materials company, to develop surface treatments that can be used to create new lightweight composites from rescued carbon fibre.  Read More


Graphene-based de-icing material upgraded

Rice University scientists have advanced their graphene-based de-icer to serve a dual purpose. The new material still melts ice from surfaces and wires when conditions get too cold, but ice won’t form at all down to temperatures of -14°C. The material can be spray-coated, making it suitable for large applications like aircraft, power lines, radar domes and ships.  Read More


Sigmatex teams up with Orro to create ‘real world’ performance bikes

Sigmatex has announced a collaboration with Orro, a British bike manufacturer, on its new range of elite road bikes. Orro’s objective is to create the best and most stylish bikes for serious riders. The company uses the latest pioneering materials such as ‘sigmaST’, Sigmatex’s spread tow carbon fibre textile solution, for their flagship Gold Signature bike model.   Read More


Secret of always-taut spider threads inspires new material

Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Pierre and Marie Curie University, in Paris have taken inspiration from spider webs to create a hybrid wire technology that could be used in applications such as microfabrication of complex structures, reversible micro-motors, or self-tensioned stretchable systems.  Read More

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