This Month in Carbon Fiber: August 2014

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Industry News

We’ve partnered with the folks at Composites World to bring you monthly updates in the more technical world of carbon fiber.  Here’s what’s new this month:

What slump? Oshkosh gathering shows GA on an upswing

EAA’s AirVenture 2014 was a solid success, and offered lots of composite applications.

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Palmer Johnson delivers new all-carbon composite superyacht

48-meter SuperSport claimed to be largest carbon composite yacht built to date.

all-carbon composite superyacht

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Mitsubishi Rayon buys majority stake of German autocomposites firm

Harvard engineers use new resin inks and 3-D printing to lightweight cellular composites.

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Crawford High Performance Composites secures partnership with SoftWheel

The development, manufacturing and marketing agreement allows Crawford to advance SoftWheel’s symmetric, in-wheel suspension system for sports and recreation and aerospace applications.


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UMaine composites technology gets Mars lander consideration

The University of Maine is adapting its inflatable carbon fiber tube technology for application to a NASA spacecraft designed to deliver astronauts and cargo to the Mars surface.

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CompositesWorld expands Carbon Fiber 2014 lineup

Presentations by Celanese and Greene, Tweed have been added to the agenda for Carbon Fiber 2014, Dec. 9-11 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., USA.

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The reality of carbon fiber for the auto industry today

Greg Rucks, a manager in the transportation practice at composites think tank Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI, Snowmass, Colo.), sees realistic pathways for carbon fiber incursion in to the automotive passenger car market.

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Sitting pretty: Car seat concept scores a first

Automotive supplier’s reinforced thermoplastic back frame curtails weight and simplifies molding/styling tasks.

Car seat concept

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Report: Korea’s GS Caltex, Tesla discussing carbon fiber use for vehicles

Reports from Reuters and The Korea Herald say that U.S.-based Tesla will talk with the S. Korean petrochemicals manufacturer about possible use of a GS Caltex long carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic compound.

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Boeing breaks ground on 777X wing plant in Washington

The 1.3 million sq-ft facility in Everett, Wash., USA, will house three large autoclaves and will begin making 777X carbon fiber composite wings in 2017.

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GKN and Go-Ahead Group to install carbon fiber flywheels on 500 city buses

GKN Hybrid Power uses F1 technology to improve fuel efficiency of London buses

carbon fiber flywheel

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Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the month, August, 2014

Week of August 5:Aerospace job opportunities at Easton Baseball/Softball, Amtech, Aurora Flight Sciences, Cobham and Exelis.

Week of August 12: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Hexcel, Cytec Aerospace Materials, Eaton, Boeing and GE Aviation.

Week of Agusut 19: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Aurora Flight Sciences, GE Aviation, Cytec Aerospace Materials, Toray Composites America and Boeing.

Week of August 26:  Aerospace industry jobs available at Hexcel, TTTech North America, Cobham, Eaton and Exelis.


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