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:
Nanomaterials supplier named Boeing’s supplier of the year
Cincinnati-based General Nano manufactures carbon fiber nanotubes (CNT) in sheet form for use in shielding, lightning strike, deicing and other applications.
Composites recycling center signs agreement with Toray
US-based Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) will collaborate on carbon recycling efforts with Toray Composites (America).
Bindatex expands service offering to facilitate recycling projects
The company is now able to cut scrap carbon fiber material to shapes suitable for compression molding.
EC provides support for carbon fiber project
The FIBRALSPEC project is being carried out by a consortium of partners and looks to advance the sustainable carbon fiber field.
Coming to carbon fiber: Low-cost mesophase pitch precursor
Advanced Carbon Products LLC has developed and patented a continuous manufacturing process for the production of mesophase pitch carbon fiber precursor that will cost as little as $1.50/lb.
Dow launches new carbon fiber bonding technique
Injection bonding of structural adhesives enables multi-material mix in large volume production.
AW609 tiltrotor, with composite primary structures, completes ground testing
The AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor is a carbon fiber composites-intensive aircraft that is expected to enter the market in 2018.
GE’s H75 turboprop to power new Turbine Venom all-composite aircraft
Produced entirely of carbon fiber and graphite, the new aircraft exploits light weight in aim for 350-knot true airspeed and climb rate exceeding 1,830 m/min.
ORNL licenses RMX plasma technology for carbon fiber production
RMX Technologies’ plasma oxidation system is designed to reduce carbon fiber manufacturing unit energy consumption by 75%, and production costs by 20%.
SwiftCarbon uses lightweight frame reinforced by TeXtreme
Using TeXtreme reportedly resulted in a 24% improvement in strength-to-weight ratio.
Bell Helicopter successfully mates composite wing and fuselage on V-280 Valor tiltrotor
In the coming weeks and months, Team Valor will prepare the V-280 for verification work leading to a tethered power-up at the Bell Helicopter facility in Amarillo in the first half of 2017.
First production Vision Jet makes inaugural flight
This first production jet has allowed Cirrus to prove out each and every design and build process along the way, including a primarily carbon fiber composite airframe made using out-of-autoclave (OOA) processing.
Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the month, May, 2016
Week of May 3: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Alcoa, Toray Composites (America) Inc., Eaton, Solvay and more.
Week of May 10: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Abaco Systems, Eaton, Alcoa and Hexcel.
Week of May 17: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Aurora Flight Sciences, Alcoa and more.
Week of May 24: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Park Electrochemical Corp., Aurora Flight Sciences, Hexcel and Toray Composites (America) Inc.