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When Steel Weakens Offshore

Steel is the material of choice for offshore drilling companies because of its ability and reliability to easily penetrate rock formations to extract petroleum, and to easily transport product to power facilities. Steel offers many advantages in this capacity, such as its versatility, strength, durability, malleability and cost effectiveness. Since steel is also easy to Read More…

The Rise of Drones

Drones have become a mainstream recreational product in today’s society. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, sales of recreational drones are expected to grow from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020. While many people consider drones for use as a toy or flying camera, they were originally used in military settings. The Read More…

Old Infrastructure Demands New Cost

Aging infrastructure is a significant challenge faced by state departments of transportation, local agencies and bridge owners. There is an overwhelming number of bridges needing upgrades and rehabilitation, and significant cost and limited funds available to maintain highway assets.  The Federal Highway Administration has offered hundreds of millions of dollars of support in the form Read More…

Resin transfer molding benefitting auto industry in 2019

Composite materials are made using a variety of processes. However, one process that may see increased use in the automotive industry in 2019 is resin transfer molding. The increase in the use of this process is primarily due to the benefits it offers to this industry. Some of the benefits resin transfer molding is bringing Read More…

Use of compression molding by auto industry picks up in 2019

Composites have been steadily making inroads into the automotive industry for years now. However, this year may see more composite components hitting the road than any other. Many composite parts are being developed or produced for 2019 vehicle models, and compression molding is one of the composite component production processes being used to create these Read More…

Composites are helping power infrastructure catch some waves

The power infrastructure in the United States has seen many innovations over the years thanks to composites. From wind turbine blades to composite above- and below-ground conduit, composites are the material of choice for many applications in this sector. An excellent example of this point is composite wave and tidal power generation systems that are Read More…

Wind infrastructure composites: Recycling may be in the air

Of all the many infrastructure sectors, power generation has seen one of the largest trends in composite materials usage for many of its applications. For instance, composites are now being used in buried and above-ground conduit, wind power and water-based power generation systems. Wind power infrastructure in particular has benefited from composites, and it may Read More…

Graphene composites may lower corrosion in leading edges

Composites are used in many industries because they offer superior corrosion resistance compared to metals and other traditional materials. The modern airplane has especially benefited from the corrosion resistance of composites, and new graphene composites may be poised to help lower corrosion in one of the key areas of modern planes: leading edges. How graphene Read More…

Corrosion doesn’t phase basalt composites

One of the biggest benefits of composites is they have a strong resistance to many forms of corrosion. This is one reason why they’re used so extensively in applications for the marine and oil and gas industries, among others. Continuous fiber basalt composites are one example of a composite that offers superior corrosion resistance compared Read More…

Canadian composites are helping people upgrade their boats

Canada is a country that’s producing more and more products from composites. This includes everything from airplane wings to composite decking materials. However, one type of Canadian composite product type that may have been overlooked is composite sailboat upgrades. A few of the composite sailboat upgrades made in Canada Composites have a long history in Read More…

Aerospace composites have vital role in supersonic airliner

One of the aerospace marvels of the 20th century is the Concorde supersonic airliner. Though this iconic aircraft is long gone, composites are being used to create a new supersonic airliner that may be the talk of the 21st century. How composites are benefitting a new supersonic airliner The aerospace industry has produced many marvels, Read More…

Aerospace composites make auxiliary fuel tanks lighter

The use of composites in the aerospace sector has grown astronomically over the past decade and will likely continue to grow in the near future. This growth is thanks to the fact that composites are being used to create structures from wings to radomes. Now, composites are helping military aircraft inside, too, with composite auxiliary Read More…

Making large composites with closed mold processes

While it’s possible and common to manufacture goods by connecting several composite components together, sometimes you need one large, solid material. Traditionally, large-scale composites would be produced using open molding. This is a flexible form of producing composites that can be used for a variety of large-scale materials. However, open molding results in material waste Read More…