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Mitsubishi Chemical to Acquire European Carbon Fiber Prepreg Manufacturer

Jan. 24th, 2020: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC; Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Masayuki Waga) announced that it will acquire a German Carbon Fiber Prepreg Manufacturer, c-m-p GmbH (c-m-p; Head Office: Heinsberg, Germany) through its subsidiary, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Material...

Composites research paves the way for aerospace weaving

Jan. 24, 2020: The pioneering application of X-ray imaging technology could lead to the wider adoption of high-specification composite materials, in particular woven textile composites, according to a research group at Manchester University.

Researchers gain control over internal structure of self-assembled composite materials

Jan. 24, 2020: Composites made from self-assembling inorganic materials are valued for their unique strength and thermal, optical and magnetic properties. However, because self-assembly can be difficult to control, the structures formed can be highly disordered, leading to defects during large-scale production. Researchers have now developed a templating technique

Composite Materials Prepare for Takeoff

Jan. 24th, 2020: The automotive and aerospace industries are ready ramp up their production of composite parts, and Solvay has the material and technology to help them achieve that – namely fast-cure prepregs and Double Diaphragm Forming (DDF). The Group’s Composite Materials team in the UK is showing them how it can be done, pioneering the way in the industrialisation of cost-effective composite parts.

SGL wins contract for composite battery enclosures

Jan 13th, 2020: Following the production of first prototypes of battery enclosures for a Chinese automotive manufacturer in 2018, SGL Carbon has now received a substantial contract from a North American automaker for high-volume serial production of carbon and glass fibre-based composite top and bottom layers for battery enclosures.

Composite Enhancing Nano-Barrier Could Change Spacecraft Construction

Jan 13th, 2020: Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite has been used for space missions for years and continues to be tested for further applications. Focusing on its limited use due to its water absorption rates, researchers at Airbus Defense and Space and the University of Surrey have created a layered ultralight, nanoscale barrier that could change how future spacecraft are built.

A global festival for composites

Jan 7th, 2020: JEC World, the global trade show dedicated to composite materials is all set to take place at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Paris from March 3-5, 2020.

EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies – Axia Materials Announce Strategic Partnership

Jan 7th, 2020: NIAGARA FALLS, ON and SEOUL, KOREA / ACCESSWIRE / January 6, 2020 / EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp. (TSXV:EHT) ("EHT") is pleased to announce it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Axia Materials Co. Ltd ("AXIA"), based in Seoul Korea. AXIA has been in the composite materials business for over 20 years and has built and developed...

Fortress producing bamboo-plastic composite decks

Jan 6th, 2020: Garland, Texas-based Fortress Building Products quietly entered the wood-plastic composites decking market in 2016 with a coextruded bamboo-capped board that it says is 40 percent lighter yet twice as strong as the competition. Three years later, the privately held company has ramped up U.S. and Canadian promotion of what it describes as a first-of-its-kind WPC decking...

Directional forces: A look at Anisoprint’s composite 3D printing technology

Jan 6th, 2020: Anisoprint currently offers the Composer A4, with a build platform of 297 x 210 x 145 mm, and the Composer A3, with a build platform of 420 x 297 x 210 mm. Both machines are equipped with two spools of lament being fed through a single, heated dual nozzle extruder. On the right, a spool of reinforced fibre passes through a cutter and...

When good planes have to die: Scrapping an A380 and Lineage 1000E

Jan 6th, 2020: Why scrap a perfectly good airplane? Whether an extremely large or reasonably small aircraft, the reasoning often is the same. Over the past couple weeks images emerged of two different planes being sent to the scrapyard that elicited significant emotional response. In both cases, however, the end of the line for the types was a driving force. It also calls attention to the challenges of recycling aircraft components, especially with newer synthetic materials involved.

A look at ExOne’s 3D printed washout tooling

Jan 6th, 2020 : The production of lightweight composite materials is high in demand for sectors like aerospace, automotive and defense where weight savings, strength and durability are crucial factors for winning a race or completing a mission. It is, however, a highly time-consuming and costly, multi-step process.

Radiophysicists study the properties of composites for 5G devices

Jan 6th, 2020: TSU radiophysicists are forming a database of properties of composite materials that can be used to create 5G and space communication devices operating in the terahertz range. The scientists are creating composite materials from ABS plastic and nanotubes and measuring their properties in a frequency range from 10 MHz to 1 THz.

How composite materials influence blade sizes and functions

Jan. 6th, 2020 : TPI Composites is a global, independent manufacturer of composite wind blades for the onshore and offshore wind market. The company is headquartered in Arizona and operates factories in the United States, China, Mexico, Turkey and India. TPI has worked with a number of major players in the industry and...