We’ve partnered with the folks at Composites World to bring you monthly updates in the technical world of carbon fiber. Here’s what’s new this month:
Composites-intensive Hyperloop pod takes first place in SpaceX competition
TenCate provided Delft University of Technology’s team with the supply of epoxy-based carbon fiber composite materials for the manufacture of the pod’s monocoque.
Recycled carbon fiber moves into automotive
Chery New Energy Automobile Technology Co. Ltd. in China has pledged to apply recycled carbon fiber from ELG Carbon Fibre to its eQ1 electric vehicle. The ultimate goal is to expand the fiber into higher volume vehicles.
Compression molding: New materials and markets
From multifunctional aircraft interiors to compounds using continuous fabrics to the growing use of recycled carbon fiber – compression molding offers new opportunities.
McLaren Automotive to establish new Composites Technology Centre
The McLaren Composites Technology Centre will be responsible for the research and development of future Monocell and Monocage carbon fiber chassis as well as the manufacturing of the chassis itself.
Strata, Reliance form partnership to advance aerospace composites
The partnership will look at opportunities in the production of carbon fiber aerostructures, prepegs as well as 3D printing of aerospace components and airframe panels.
Quickstep receives grant to develop automotive carbon fiber seats
The project will run for a period of three years in cooperation with a global automotive seating supplier and Deakin University.
Wet-spinning carbon fiber precursor begins in Australia
Australian R&D center CSIRO is working on wet-spinning polymers to produce precursors for carbon fiber. Polymers being used include polyacrylonitrile, cellulose, lignin and blends of these materials. Q&A with Derek Buckmaster.
NASA carbon fiber glider to gather weather data during flight
The teams are still working on the design but the aircraft is expected to have a wingspan of about 3 feet and will be made of double ply, carbon fiber.
World’s first machine tool robot made from carbon fiber
Lockheed Martin-Injaz-Tecgrant, cooperating with Airbus and Boeing, develop fast, accurate, portable XMini to redefine automated aerospace manufacturing.
New refrigerated semi trailer incorporates hybrid composite-metal technology
Wabash National Corp. (Lafayette, IN, US) unveiled its road-ready, customer-owned, refrigerated, all-composite van trailer with a composite-metal hybrid floor yesterday.
Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the month, February 2017
Week of February 7:Aerospace-related job opportunities from Arconic, Hexcel, UTC Aerospace Systems, AAR and Toray Composites (America) Inc.