Viewing entries tagged with 'Composites'

The road ahead for carbon

Suppliers of carbon fibre and composites to the automotive industry are poised to benefit from a similar boom to that enjoyed by the suppliers of glass fibre and glass-based materials to the wind energy sector 15 years ago, according to Sanjay Mazumdar, chief executive officer of consultant Lucintel.

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Formax opens new automotive production facility

Formax, a manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements, has officially opened its 5,000 m² automotive production facility at the company’s headquarters in Leicestershire, UK.

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JEC predicts steep rise for automotive composites

The second meeting of the new Automotive Composites Circle – an exclusive networking event for top management in the automotive sector – was held during this year’s JEC Composites Show in Paris, France.

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Formax to open dedicated automotive production facility

Carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements manufacturer Formax has announced plans to open an automotive production unit at its Leicestershire, UK, headquarters.

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Collision protection and self-healing structures

While some people enthuse about the “steel of the 21st century”, others warn against expecting too much from the use of carbon fibre materials in large-scale motor vehicle production for reasons of technology and cost.

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High-tech fibres for cars and aircraft

Manufacturers of cars and aircraft are committed to the use of fibre reinforced plastics. The common denominator here is technical textiles, with fibres made from carbon, aramid, glass and sustainable raw materials providing the backbone for many duroplastic and thermoplastic materials.

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Solar and thermal energy harvesting textile composites

Energy harvesting devices in the form of fibres could soon be woven into lightweight, strong textiles for integration with structural composites, reports the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Virginia, USA.

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Reducing transport weight without compromise

The recent Transportation Weight Loss Diet conference held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, brought together designers, engineers, programme leaders and heads of industry from the global aerospace, automotive and rail industries. The two-day event was dedicated to cutting-edge research and technologies aimed at reducing weight without compromising safety, efficiency or performance.

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Prospects for composites in automobile manufacturing

At the recent 6th Aachen-Dresden Textile Conference held in Dresden, Germany, Heinrich Timm of Audi summarised the prospects for composites in automobile manufacturing. Lightweight design and construction will have a key position and this offers opportunities for high-performance fibres when used correctly in composites. The potential for lightweight design include:

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Low-cost blended carbon fibre yarns and fabrics

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.

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