Demand components lead to composites GBI contraction

For the first time in two years, the Composites Fabricating Index has contracted, though components continue to shift between expanding and contracting activity.    

Energy Storage

Composites end markets: Pressure vessels (2023)

The composite pressure vessel market is fast-growing and now dominated by demand for hydrogen storage.
#sourcebook #hydrogen #feature


Mitigating Carbon Fiber Emissions for Fabricators

Thermal or catalytic oxidation devices are capable of achieving over 99% destruction of the emissions from carbon fiber manufacturing. Recent developments in these technologies have improved efficiency, effectiveness, process uptime, and reduced carbon footprint.

SPE Thermoset Division announces second keynote for Topcon 2023

Probir Guha, president and technology consultant for Composites Innovation Inc., will present “SMC – Successes, Challenges and Recent Innovations and Thoughts on a Path Forward.”  


MAXBlade project to advance tidal energy generation with 13-meter composite blades

Recently launched 66-month MAXBlade project aims to harness tidal energy in the U.K. through a 70% increase in rotor swept area.  

Fibre Extrusion Technology celebrates record year in 2022

The laboratory and pilot melt spinning systems supplier experienced high sales volumes and collaborated in a variety of product innovations for advanced materials.  

Carbon Fibers

Asahi Kasei collaborates on continuous carbon fiber reclamation development

Inexpensive, closed-loop recycling system employs electrolyzed sulfuric acid to cleanly separate the fiber from the resin.  

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Lingrove plant-based ekoa composite featured in Hyundai Palisade concept vehicle

Carbon-neutral biocomposite enables interactive doorspear with look and feel of wood while protecting trees, enabling transparency and capacitive touch for futuretech.

Urban Air Mobility

Norco to build fuselage, wings and composite components for Skyfly eVTOL aircraft

Skyfly aims to achieve a complete airframe weight of just 220 kilograms, in addition to low-cost, accurate and reliable repeatability of manufacture for series production progression.  


Episode 40: Sarah Cox, NASA

Sarah Cox, materials engineer at NASA, talks about her experience at NASA working with composites in the space travel space. 


The Future of Graphene-Enhanced Epoxy is Now

Learn how the project was developed, executed and—most importantly—how this project has developed into a commercially-available enhanced bisphenol-F (bis-F) epoxy slurry.

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Carbon Fibers

极速赛车官网开奖历史记录下载平台 The 2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic is revealed

Porsche releases another tribute to some of its past models, featuring a ducktail spoiler, a double-bubble roof and hood comprised of CFRP.


What kind of pickup would Bruce Wayne drive?

Introducing the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP Superblack, a retrofitted Mercedes-AMG G 63 pickup truck that is off-road capable and decked out in carbon fiber.

Digital thread vs. digital twin

Visualizing the difference between digital representations and data flows and understanding the applications that are changing composites manufacturing and business models.
#airbus #autoclave #layup


RAPM development with PtFS

Boeing-led program explores rapid part cycles using automated, 180-channel thermal control molding cell for infusion, thermoset prepreg and thermoplastic composites.
#autoclave #boeing #outofautoclave


Plant tour: Bucci Composites, Faenza, Italy

A stalwart in Italy’s “Motor Valley” opens its doors for a discussion and exploration of the company’s history in composites manufacturing for high-performance cars and other applications.

Plant tour: ATC Manufacturing, Post Falls, Idaho, U.S.

ATC is at the top of the list when it comes to thermoplastic composites and aerostructures manufacturing. CW explains why.

Plant tour: ÉireComposites, Galway, Ireland

An in-house testing business and R&D focus has led to innovative materials use and projects in a range of markets, from civil aerospace to renewable energy to marine.
#planttour #space #windblades

Urban Air Mobility

Composites end markets: Aerospace (2023)

With COVID in the past and passengers flying again, commercial aircraft production is ramping up. The aerocomposites supply chain is busy developing new M&P for an approaching next-generation aircraft program.
#Basics #sourcebook #nextgenaerospace


Composites end markets: Boatbuilding and marine (2023)

While the recreational boating market is challenged to meet record-breaking sales in 2020 and 2021, composite materials and design innovation are abound, with a noticeable focus on 3D printing, biomaterials and sustainability.
#Basics #sourcebook #feature


Composites end markets: Energy (2023)

Composites are used widely in oil/gas, wind and other renewable energy applications. Despite market challenges, growth potential and innovation for composites continue.
#sourcebook #feature #multitudeofmarkets

As 2023 begins, a look back at trending CW topics in 2022

With 2022 now behind us, CW’s editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan takes a look at the CW stories last year that received the most reader attention.


Composites end markets: Automotive (2023)

Electrification and a focus on sustainability lead to opportunities and innovations in composites, from battery enclosures to structural components and more.
#Basics #sourcebook #feature


Composites end markets: Civil infrastructure (2023)

Growth and potential grow for wider composites adoption in bridges, rebar and other concrete reinforcement and other infrastructure applications and repair.
#Basics #regulation #frprebar