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:
Carbon in the cloud(s) PIC
An electric race car from Tajima Motor Corp. has an all-carbon composite body and floor. Driven by “Monster” Tajima, it placed second overall in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Shelby GT350R features carbon fiber wheels
Ford worked with Australia-based Carbon Revolution to develop the one-piece all-carbon fiber wheels, which save 60 lb in weight but provide better steering response.
Quickstep wins automotive OEM composites contract
The niche volume order is to produce a series of up to 1,000 carbon fiber engine compartment parts, starting in early 2016.
The Airbus E-Fan carbon fiber aircraft crosses the English Channel
But the record of flying the first all-electric plane across the Channel was apparently taken hours before by a French pilot in another all-electric aircraft.
Airbus A350 to use CFRP window frames
Initially, the window frames were made of aluminum, but Airbus shifted to composite to reduce weight.
Port Angeles Composite Recycling Technology Center wins federal grant
The $2 million from the US Department of Commerce will retrofit a building in Port Angeles, WA, US, to house the industrial and training facilities for the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC).
SGL Group wins funds for thermoplastic composites development
With almost €1 million in government funding, €2.9 million has been allocated by SGL Group for the development of a new type of customized carbon fiber for thermoplastic applications.
SCIGRIP composite solar-powered boat takes second place in race PIC
The race took place at the Yacht Club de Monaco
High-tensile modulus carbon fiber for aero, auto composites
Toho Tenax has announced the launch of TENAXR XMS32, a new grade of carbon fiber that provides high intensity and high-tensile modulus for aircraft and automotive applications.
Janicki Industries establishes new engineering design office in WA
The office will support turnkey solutions for carbon fiber parts and production tooling for the aerospace industry.
Presche project demonstrates ability of Quickstep’s composite technology
The Presche project focused on the delivery of commercial composite car parts using a number of new technologies.
TenCate provides compression molded parts to Bell 525 Relentless helicopter program
Bell Helicopter recently announced a successful first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless.
Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the month, July, 2015
Week of July 7: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Exelis, Quatro Composites, Cytec Aerospace Materials, Hexcel and more.
Week of July 14: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Huntsman, TECT Power, Toray Composites (America), Cobham and Exelis.
Week of July 21: Aerospace-related job opportunities at SRAM, DIAB, Performance Review Institute and Hexcel.