NASA heat shield features a new design architecture

December 13th, 2021

NASA's ADEPT heat shield features a 3D seamless woven material from Bally Ribbon Mills. Photo: NASA. by Debra Cobb Heat shields are a critical part of vehicles for space exploration, enabling science payloads to safely pass through the atmosphere of distant worlds. NASA’s deployable heat shield design called ADEPT (Adaptable, Deployable, Entry and Placement Technology) […]

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Textiles’ role in a growing energy industry

June 14th, 2021

Vestas V100-2.8 MW compose a wind farm at South Plains, Texas. Photo: Vestas Wind Systems A/S. European collaborations lead the way in sustainable wind energy production. by Marie O’Mahony The Biden administration is wasting little time putting plans in place to achieve the goal of a carbon-free energy sector by 2035.  Offshore wind energy is an […]

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New interleaving veils improve carbon fiber toughness

May 20th, 2019

New Zealand company Revolution Fibres has collaborated with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc. to develop a next-generation nanofiber interleaving veil for improving the toughness of carbon fiber composites. According to the companies, the new material, Xantu.Layr® XLB, has particularly strong application possibilities in the aerospace sector. The product is an ultra-thin nonwoven web consisting of […]

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SGL Group develops new carbon fiber for aerospace

March 14th, 2018

SGL Group has developed a new carbon fiber, SIGRAFIL C T50-4.8/280, which is characterized by a high Young’s modulus, making it ideal for aerospace applications. Pressure vessels, drive shafts, profiles and sheet molding compounds (SMCs) are other applications for the fiber, which has good mechanical properties due to high stiffness and strength. The high Young’s […]

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Carbon fiber from America’s Cup yachts to be recycled

December 7th, 2017

An article in Inside Composites reports that ELG Carbon Fiber and Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) are working together to ensure that the team’s carbon fiber waste is recycled, to promote economical and environmentally efficient uses of the material. ELG will become a technical supplier to the team and will process all carbon fiber […]

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Hexcel launches new carbon fiber fabrics project

October 6th, 2017

Hexcel will launch MAXIM, a new government-backed 7.4 million pound research and development project, and expand its manufacturing facility in Leicester. The Multi Axial Infused Materials (MAXIM) project will explore the manufacture of new, cost-effective carbon fiber fabric forms and resins that can be made into parts without the need for autoclaves. Hexcel is installing […]

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Improved 3D knitted carbon fiber preforms developed

August 1st, 2017

A U.K.-based manufacturer of weft-knitted technical textiles has developed the ability to commercially manufacture 3D carbon fiber preforms for composites that require no post knitting fabrication or cutting. Inside Composites says that Preform Technologies completed a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with the University of Derby to modify and adapt a Stoll CMS 822 HP […]

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Keeping up with carbon

January 6th, 2017

A rapidly growing demand for carbon fiber is stressing market ability to provide. Although carbon fiber as a commodity has been around since the late 1960s, only in the past 10 years can there truly be considered a dynamic market of real substance with steady growth potential. A market report published in Reinforced Plastics Nov/Dec […]

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The “magic” of carbon fiber

January 6th, 2017

I read up on carbon fiber basics to write this, even though I’ve been covering carbon fiber, its uses and products, for several years. I still don’t quite understand why it’s so strong and lightweight, but I suppose that’s a little like asking why the sky is blue. There is an explanation, but I probably […]

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Toray and Toyota Tsusho to promote carbon-fiber recycling

March 18th, 2016

Japanese firms Toray Industries Inc. and Toyota Tsusho Corporation have announced they will launch a joint carbon-fiber recycling initiative to develop a recycled carbon fiber manufacturing technology that will use an energy-efficient thermal decomposition method. The companies’ joint proposal has been selected by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization as part of its […]

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