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Driving Down Costs in the Automotive Composites Market

The aerospace industry has been using carbon fiber for decades in its composites manufacturing upon discovering the lightweight benefits of composites parts. With the shared goal of producing vehicles that are lighter weight to improve fuel efficiency, the automotive industry is increasingly turning to composites raw materials and manufacturing processes to achieve these end gains. Read More…

Aerovac Process Materials and Vacuum Consumables from Composites One

Composites One provides a full array of the Aerovac process materials and consumables that customers require to make high-quality composites tooling. Innovative materials, such as sealant tapes, peel ply, release films, release fabrics, bagging films, infusion mesh and other vacuum consumables, are available from Composites One. In addition to making these materials available with quick Read More…

Structural Adhesives Can Replace Fasteners in Composites Manufacturing

As the use of composites materials in a myriad of industry segments continues to evolve, so too does the use of structural adhesives to bind composite components. Adhesives are ideal for bonding dissimilar materials in composites manufacturing, such as metals to composites or thermoplastics. Structural adhesives possess enough to strength to bond highly stressed components Read More…

Infrastructure Industry Turns Away from Steel and Toward Composites as Reinforcements

When cracks occur in aging infrastructure, the structure becomes ripe for additional damage from environmental elements. Organizations like the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) are employing innovative composite-based solutions to address this growing and global problem. One example is by replacing traditional steel bar and strand reinforcement with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP). Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP), Read More…

Why Composite Applications Often Stick with Epoxy Resin

Epoxies are widely used as structural adhesives because they are useful in a wide range of applications. Their versatility is attributed to their superior chemical resistance, performance under high temperatures, and strong adhesion strength and flexibility, among other benefits. Epoxy boasts high-performing mechanical, electrical and physical properties and meets the needs of industries including wind Read More…

Prepreg Composites Tapped for their Ease of Use

Pre-impregnated composite materials, or prepregs, are becoming more commonly used in the composites industry. Prepregs are reinforcement materials that have been pre-impregnated with a thermoplastic or thermoset resin. Prepreg composites offer unique and advantageous properties as a result of being cured under high temperatures and pressures. Their ease of use, consistency, fatigue and corrosion resistance, Read More…

Carbon Fiber and Related Composites See Continued Growth in Wind Energy

Renewable wind energy construction projects are being contracted and awarded across the globe, as both onshore and offshore wind development in the U.S. remain viable. The most recent evidence of the U.S. offshore wind industry continuing to gain momentum is the state of New York contracting to effectively double its offshore wind power procurement. New Read More…

Low Temperature Molding (LTM) Technology for High-Quality Composite Tooling

When it comes to the production of high-quality composite tooling, Solvay’s lowest temperature cure epoxy systems, distributed through Composites One, bring a new level of performance to today’s composites tooling marketplace. LTM® (Low-Temperature Molding) epoxy tooling is especially suited for manufacturing large structures with specific design requirements. Low-Temperature Molding is intended for autoclave curing. LTM Read More…

Composites Make Waves in the Marine Industry

The demand for composites in the marine industry remains strong in order to build boats that are lighter, stronger, and more fuel-efficient. With boats exposed to extreme environmental conditions like salt, wind, and high-pressure waves, boat manufacturers are more often considering the benefits of advanced composites, such as carbon fiber and epoxy resins, to produce reliable and durable Read More…

Thermoplastics: Hot on the Presses

Aerospace manufacturers have the opportunity to drive growth and reshape the industry in 2021 by pursuing technological developments. Aerospace manufacturers are continually seeking innovative solutions to increase the rate of production of commercial aircrafts that will meet future demand for air travel. Reducing weight and improving efficiency is one of the key goals of aerospace Read More…

PPE: The Coverall Needed for Safe Composites Manufacturing

The term PPE gained widespread popularity in March 2020 at the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic. In the world of composites manufacturing, PPE, or personal protective equipment, has long been relied upon to protect workers who are part of composites manufacturing processes. Personal protective equipment includes protective clothing, respirators, face masks, safety glasses, or Read More…

Advanced Composites Set a New Standard in Aerospace Manufacturing

Advanced composites, manufactured with materials such as epoxy resins and carbon fiber, are setting the new standard for strength, durability, and versatility when it comes to selecting materials in aerospace manufacturing. Composite materials have emerged as optimal selections over traditional materials like steel and aluminum. Overall, the use of composites is advantageous to the aerospace Read More…

Tough as Steel, But with Cracks in the Foundation

The strength and durability of steel have made it a choice material for bridge construction for over a century. The corrosive properties of steel have also made it a material that presents challenges in bridge construction, and a reason why contractors are looking increasingly toward composites to address its shortcomings when it comes to sustainability Read More…