CURING

Glass Fibers

Real-time assessment of thermoset composites curing

The combination of material state management (MSM) software and an encapsulated sample rheometer (ESR) enables real-time cure recipe management or cure model development inside the autoclave.

Louis C. Dorworth
Direct Services Manager, Abaris Training Resources

Carbon Fibers

Addyx carbon exoskeleton technology enables molded ribs inside hollow composite structures

Using a water-soluble mandrel, carbon exoskeleton opens paradigm for topology-optimized composites, cutting weight, manufacturing time and scrap rate.

Curing

GMI Aero extends Anita EZ hot bonder thermocouple capabilities

Thirty-six thermocouples (T/Cs) are now available for flexible temperature monitoring/control during composite curing.  
#repair

Curing

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.  

Curing

EUVAM project investigates energy-efficient UV process for composites curing

University of Stuttgart researchers intend to develop flexible, highly productive and digitally controllable manufacturing approach for small urban vehicle production.  

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.
#weaving #wingoftomorrow #space

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Videos / Podcasts

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.
#wingoftomorrow #space #automation

Prepregs

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.
#wingoftomorrow #space

ATL/AFP

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 #automation

Energy Storage

Contactless measurement of temperature, pressure in composites

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

Cutting/Kitting

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 #autoclave

Additive Manufacturing

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 #outofautoclave

RTM

Corebon expands induction-based composites production into new facility

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

Curing

Arkema, CNRS open France-based lab for UV-curable material exploration

Accelerated photopolymerization research to benefit adhesives, 3D printing, composites, electronics and coatings applications, among others.  

Marine

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.  
#trends

Curing

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

Glass Fibers

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.  
#hydrogen

RTM

Ulster University, Synthesites advance intelligent cure monitoring

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

Aerospace

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.
#wingoftomorrow #space #automation

NEW PRODUCTS: CURING

Curing

CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Thermal Equipment Corp.

TEC highlights its range of services and capabilities, including its Off-The-Shelf (OTS) Autoclaves which deliver robustness, quality and reliable performance.  
#camx

Infusion

CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: SWORL

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

Curing

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

Curing

CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Bondtech Corp.

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

Curing

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.
#camx

Curing

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.