Chantiers de l’Atlantique reveals 66-meter, all-composite SolidSail mast

A technological feat, the large carbon fiber mast prototype targets the Silenseas sailing liner and sailing cargo ships for up to 40% reduction in CO2 emissions.  

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Managing Editor, CompositesWorld


sensXPERT Digital Mold earns 2022 AVK Innovation Award

Data-driven sensor technology optimizes and increases composites manufacturing efficiencies in real time, achieved through collaborative network.  
#sensors #composites4_0

Filament Winding

Mikrosam, H2Storage collaborate on 300+-liter Type IV hydrogen tanks

Automated filament winding cell achieving wind speeds of 6 meters/second improves production performance, shortens curing cycle for serial production of 700-bar Type IV tanks.  


Ulster University, Synthesites advance intelligent cure monitoring

Research collaboration to enable active control and optimization for RTM process for composite structures manufacture.  

Carbon Fibers

Fast-FlexMont2 project targets optimized, large-structure CFRP assembly

Advanced measuring and referencing methods, highly precise positioning technologies and continuous digital process control by Fraunhofer IFAM demonstrate automated rudder hinge assembly.

OOA composites in next-generation launch systems

OOA composites in next-generation launch systems

As United Launch Alliance ULA replaces Atlas and Delta with next-generation launch rockets under the Vulcan name, supplier Ruag Space has been selected to provide lower cost/improved quality out-of-autoclave fabrication of Vulcan’s composite primary structures. Ruag will manufacture 5.4m payload fairings and 400-series interstage adapters for ULA’s Atlas V rocket.
#cuttingtools #weaving #camx

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Hengshen to produce rear pressure bulkhead demonstrators

China-based Hengshen Carbon and Composites will produce five 4.5-meter demonstrator composite rear pressure bulkheads (RPB) for a Chinese aerospace OEM.


Episode 38: Alan Hiken, Kane Robotics

Alan Hiken, COO of Kane Robotics, talks about historic, current and future composites use in aircraft fuselage structures and the role of automation in next-gen manufacturing environments.
#787 #trends


Contactless measurement of temperature, pressure in composites

Magnetic microwires enable contactless measurement of temperature and pressure during cure and in service.
#trends #composites4_0 #sensors

Carbon Fibers

C-FREX exoskeleton depends on CFRP for unpowered movement

C-FREX uses a novel design and CFRP to overcome the heaviness and weakness of metallic exoskeletons.
#insidemanufacturing #layup #autoclave


Hyperjoint: additive metal + composites = stronger, tougher joints

Eliminates drilling holes with lap shear 60% higher than bolted joints and almost twice that of bonded joints.
#adhesives #airbus #cuttingtools

Filament Winding

Corebon expands induction-based composites production into new facility

Results for cutting CFRP cycle time to be presented at Carbon Fiber 2019 conference.
#adhesives #cuttingtools #outofautoclave


Composites 4.0: digital assistants, edge computing and the future of smart factories

Plataine reviews developments and discusses where composites manufacturing is headed.
#infrastructure #layup #workforcedevelopment


Synthesites, Purdue CMSC advances real-time cure monitoring

Partners are developing cure simulation using data from dielectric sensors to monitor infusion and autoclave composite structures in real time.  


HORYZN emergency UAV harnesses CFRP tooling from Voith Composites

Voith Composites collaborated with HORYZN, a student initiative that leverages CFRP tooling and composites know-how for its Mission Pulse UAV project.  


Saint-Gobain, Roctool join efforts to boost composite 3D textile preform parts manufacturing

3D automated knitted preform layup technology and heat and cooling technologies for additional curing efficiency open a new window of application opportunities for composite and thermoplastic parts.
#automation #layup #autoclave


Haydale Graphene awarded Innovate UK grant to develop smart composite tooling

The ESENSE project aims to replace costly autoclave processes with a multi-zone OOA self-heated tooling solution, potentially cutting lead times by 20%, energy by 15% and halving the cost of autoclave manufacturing.

Carbon Fibers

Classic Recreations announces carbon fiber bodied Shelby Cobra race car

The officially licensed 1965 CSX Shelby Cobra race car features an autoclave-cured carbon fiber body, including the floor and doors, and is said to rival supercars in weight and horsepower.


NCC’s all-composite Type V tank demonstrates future composite space tank technology

SpaceTank project delivers a 96-liter carbon fiber composite tank with 4.0-5.50-millimeter nominal wall thickness for 30% weight savings in launch vehicle and satellite propellant tank applications.
#trends #space #layup



CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: SWORL

SWORL's lightweight spray fabricated reusable and sealing mechanisms are readily applicable for autoclave or infusion processes.
#camx #autoclave


CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: BriskHeat Corp.

BriskHeat manufactures a full line of heaters and temperature controllers, designed to solve a variety of composite curing, repair applications.  


CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Bondtech Corp.

Bondtech offers industry attendees an extensive selection of autoclaves, pressure vessel solutions and services.


CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Wisconsin Oven

Composite curing ovens are designed to meet customers’ specific process requirements, featuring consistent temperature, quick heating and recovery rates, reduced maintenance and IoT capabilities.

Filament Winding

JEC World 2022 preview: Heraeus Noblelight

Heraeus Noblelight unveils new developments in its humm3 enterprise for composites heating.


Harper International expands product offering with lab-scale rotary furnace

The furnace delivers temperature uniformity for batch or continuous processing of advanced materials at at operating temperatures up to 1,200°C.