21st century concrete: composite metamaterial with super compressability, energy harvesting

Material comprising 3D-printed, auxetic, reinforced polymer lattices in conductive cement matrix can compress up to 15% and generate electricity for lightweight, mechanically tunable structures with energy harvesting and sensing.

Ginger Gardiner
Senior Technical Editor, CompositesWorld


Gatorbar, NEG, ExxonMobil join forces for composite rebar

ExxonMobil’s Materia Proxima polyolefin thermoset resin systems and glass fiber from NEG-US is used to produce GatorBar, an industry-leading, glass fiber-reinforced composite rebar (GFRP).


Adaptive composite elements for building facades exhibited at JEC World 2023

University of Stuttgart institutes use carbon and glass fiber composites, robotic fabrication, biomimetic design and digial twin/control to demonstrate adaptive facade elements for future buildings.


EuCIA provides update on future Eurocode for composites

Publication of CEN Technical Standard (CEN/TS) 19101, now in its trial phase, will provide clear guidelines on how to design and engineer FRP composite structures.


Plastics Machinery Shipments Rose in 2022’s Final Quarter

The Plastics Industry Association’s (PLASTICS) Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES) reported that injection molding and extrusion machinery shipments totaled $432.7 million in Q4.
#medical #electronics

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The growing role of composites in infrastructure

From bridges to rebar and pilings, composites provide installation and life cycle cost savings over steel and concrete.
#infrastructure #feature #frprebar

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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.
#composites-basics #composites-market-outlook #frprebar

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3 Points About 3D Printing Large Parts We Can Learn From the Lunar Habitat (Video)

Ingersoll Machine Tools describes the capabilities and promise of large-scale additive manufacturing as seen in the 3D printed sections of the Rosenberg Space Habitat.
#wingoftomorrow #space


Composites enable epic interior for Museum of the Future

For this one-of-a-kind lobby, AFI pioneered digital, reconfigurable molds to achieve organic-shaped, multifunctional panels and stairwell cladding.


Advanced Fiberglass Industries: Composites enable innovation

With decades of composites design and fabrication experience, Dubai-based AFI turns problems into solutions.


CFRTP enables better, greener smartphones

Carbon Mobile’s “monocoque” design eliminates separate case, cover and frame, better protects electronics and simplifies disassembly.
#focusondesign #sustainability


Sensors: Data for next-gen composites manufacturing

In the quest for sustainability, sensors are reducing cycle times, energy use and waste, automating closed-loop process control and increasing knowledge to open new possibilities for intelligent manufacturing and structures.
#sensors #windblades #SHM


Re-Wind Network successfully installs repurposed wind blade pedestrian bridge

The Ireland-based, five-meter-long BladeBridge solution has undergone extensive materials and mechanical testing to ensure application suitability.
#sustainability #infrastructure #windblades


Pilot program turns EOL wind blades to liners for pipe infrastructure

TPI Composites, Tex-Tech and Carbon Rivers partner to process wind blades, pyrolyze the material and use the recovered glass fibers to give new life to damaged existing pipelines.  


Building code requirements renewed for CarbonCast wall panels

ICC-ES ESR#2953 renewal revalidates performance and compliance of AltusGroup precast wall assembly featuring C-Grid carbon fiber grid connector and rigid foam insulation.  

Glass Fibers

Planefibra translucent composite tiles target natural lighting, energy savings

More than reducing the electricity bill, companies can improve their work environment by including these GFRP tiles, which have high thermal resistance, on their buildings.  


Toray jointly wins Infrastructure Maintenance award for steel pipe repair innovation

Together with Tokyo Electric Power Grid and Yasuda Seisakusho, Toray employed in-situ VARTM with carbon fiber sheets to repair steel pipe corrosion on transmission towers, with application extension underway.  


AMULET project funds 24 projects in composites, CMCs, metals

Trans-European project finalists for first open call identify material and process innovations in building, aerospace and aeronautics, energy and automotive sectors.
#wingoftomorrow #space #ceramicmatrixcomposites


NCC announces life cycle assessment software results for construction

Study is undertaken to better understand LCA software tools to inform composites design and product development in decarbonization initiatives.  



Creative Composites Group introduces H-5 rated FRP bridge decking

High-strength pultruded SuperDeck Lite gives ambulances and maintenance vehicles access to trails, bridges, boardwalks and sidewalks  


Creative Composites Group introduces product upgrades to combat extreme weather, climate change

New StormStrong FRP technologies are engineered for key infrastructure projects that need to exceed standard resiliency specifications.  
#infrastructure #sustainability


CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Olin Epoxy

Olin Epoxy offers a portfolio of epoxy systems for challenging applications. Litestone, Voraforce and Airstone aim to resolve problems and support customers’ business growth.
#hydrogen #frprebar #hprtm


V2 Composites highlights improved composite repair solution for concrete parking structures

Custom-engineered CFRP T-Biscuit enables the repair of failed flange-to-flange shear connections of pre-cast double tee beams in new and existing structures.  


AFS introduces sustainable FRP construction solutions

LAST Stair, Railing, Plank and Structural Member product lines offer a variety of fire-retardant composite stair and decking applications.  

Carbon Fibers

CAMX 2021 exhibit preview: Boston Materials

Supercomp, ZRT and Bimetal are three of Boston Material’s z-axis carbon fiber products developed via its patented magnetic alignment process.
#electronics #electricvehicles #paek