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Maximizing Wind Energy Production with Vacuum Infusion

Wind turbines have three main components that are manufactured from composites—blades, nacelles and spinners, which are the hub of a wind turbine. Due, in part, to the high strength-to-weight ratio of composite materials, these parts increase the efficiency of the final wind turbine product. As an added benefit, the robust turbine parts last several years Read More…

Automotive Manufacturing Driven by New Technology

Composites are gaining popularity in the automotive market for their corrosion-resistant properties, superior strength, and stiffness coupled with their lightweight increasing fuel economy. It is these benefits among others that make composites like carbon fiber a growing substitute for steel and aluminum materials in automotive parts including body panels, firewalls, and trunk beds. Composites are Read More…

Prepreg Processing in Composites Aerospace Production

Prepregs are reinforcement materials that have been pre-impregnated with a thermoplastic or thermoset resin. Cured under high temperatures and pressures, prepregs are ideal for high-performance aerospace applications thanks to advantages like low thermal expansion and environmental corrosion resistance. Prepregs have long been in demand for aerospace applications ranging from aircraft interior parts to exterior wings. Read More…

Offshore Wind Energy Projected to Grow with Help from Composites

Researchers say the U.S. offshore wind industry sector could potentially meet 90% of the nation’s electricity demand by 2050, supported by 29 states that border water.  Climate and renewable energy are priorities for the U.S. administration, as evidenced by its plans to develop large offshore wind farms to power millions of homes. The initiative also Read More…

Carbon Fiber Composites Take Flight with NASA Rotorcraft Mars Mission

When NASA is employing carbon composites for its space missions, it is safe to say the materials are proven effective and considered reliable and high functioning. NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, descending from its Perseverance rover, recently landed its four carbon composites legs on the surface of Mars. Back here on Earth, the uses for composites in Read More…

High-Quality Tooling from Aerovac Performs at High Temps Needed for Aerospace

Tooling used in the manufacture of composite parts can be made from a variety of materials including composites. The ideal materials used in composites tooling are often determined by the required volume of composite part production and curing temperatures. Tooling produced with composite materials are often more cost-effective and simple to integrate into composites manufacturing. Read More…

Recreational Marine Industry Surge Drives Demand for Fiberglass

Over the past year, consumer demand has positively impacted recreational industries including marine, which has seen increased production demand for personal boats. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reported that it expected to end 2020 with “annual boat sales reaching a 13-year high[i].” Although many industries have struggled due to the economic effects of the 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…

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…

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…

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…