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Horacio Pagani’s relationship with composite materials

Horacio Pagani’s relationship with composite materials

“Carbon fiber is a way to express the shape of our design so that we can create beautiful and rich lines for each product.'' Horacio Pagani. Horacio understood the high potential of composite-material-based systems and, in particular, carbon fiber while making the...

Corvette’s use of composite materials

Corvette’s use of composite materials

Corvette’s use of advanced materials began in 1953 when the first Corvettes were produced with all-fiberglass bodies. In fact, Chevrolet’s Corvette original 1953 Corvette was the first ''mass-produced'' automobile to use fiberglass-reinforced plastic parts. Every...

Resin Infusion Manufacturing Technology

Resin Infusion Manufacturing Technology

Resin infusion is a sophisticated technique for manufacturing high-performance, void-free composites even on large or complicated molds. In this manufacturing process, reinforcement is laid into the mold ‘‘dry’’, i.e. without any resin, and then enclosed in a...

How did the composites help during the race to space?

How did the composites help during the race to space?

''July 20, 2019, marked the 50-year anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing. Though at the time the Apollo capsule was built, the composites industry was still in its infancy and the materials were not yet in widespread use, the Apollo capsule used early...

Have you ever heard of GLARE?

Have you ever heard of GLARE?

GLARE (an acronym for "GLAss-REinforced" Fiber Metal Laminate) is an FML made from interlayered thin sheets of aluminum and unidirectional S2-glass prepreg. This material was developed during the 1970s and 1980s through a partnership between Fokker, Delft University...

Boeing’s relationship with composite materials

Boeing’s relationship with composite materials

Boeing’s first use of fiberglass was in the 707, amounting to only 2 percent of the structure! Under contract with NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Boeing experimented with advanced composites by using carbon fiber for the spoilers on two dozen...

Highly Deformable Carbon Fiber Shells!

Highly Deformable Carbon Fiber Shells!

Last year, a group of researchers at ETH Zürich (Arthur Schlothauer, Georgios A. Pappas, and Paolo Ermanni) published one of the most interesting articles we have seen in a while! They have studied the ''Material Response and Failure of Highly Deformable Carbon Fiber...

Bugatti EB 110

Bugatti EB 110

The Bugatti EB 110 is a mid-engine sports car produced by Bugatti Automobili from 1991 to 1995 when the company was liquidated for the second time. It was unveiled as the first ''Reborn Bugatti'' on September 15, 1991, on what would have been Ettore Bugatti's 110th...

What was the first application of carbon fibers?

What was the first application of carbon fibers?

Carbon fibers are older than you imagine! The first carbon fibers date back to 1860! In 1879, a certain guy named Thomas Edison chose carbon fibers to manufacture light bulb filaments. At that time, they were not petroleum-based. Instead, they were produced through...

September’s Top Composite News!

September’s Top Composite News!

Let’s kick off our newsfeed with very exciting news: The NCC successfully demonstrates AFP manufacture of CMC parts! Engineers at the National Composites Centre (NCC, Bristol, U.K.) have completed what they say is a European first by manufacturing...

What are epoxies resins?

What are epoxies resins?

Let's start learning about carbon fibers' best friend! Epoxy is the cured end product of epoxy resins, as well as a colloquial name for the epoxide functional group. Epoxy resins, also known as polyepoxides are a class of reactive prepolymers and polymers that contain...

Dyneema

Dyneema

Let's talk about the ''World's Strongest Fiber'', Dyneema! In 1968, chemist Dr. Albert Pennings managed to pull some wispy threads from the stirring rods in his beaker. He found it impossible to pull the strands apart. Excited, he rushed to tell his boss’s, which...

The first production carbon fiber bicycle

The first production carbon fiber bicycle

Today we will tell the story of the first production carbon fiber bicycle and how it has revolutionized the Tour de France! As with any sport, the competition to be the best leads to innovation everywhere possible, and as all composite lovers already know, carbon...

Failure sequences of carbon fiber specimens!

Failure sequences of carbon fiber specimens!

Let's talk about the failure sequence of carbon fiber specimens! The article ''Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer and Epoxy Adhesive Tensile Test Failure Analysis Using Scanning Electron Microscopy'' has many interesting pictures! Morphological characteristics analysis...

August’s Top Composite News!

August’s Top Composite News!

Let’s kick off our newsfeed with very exciting news: Siemens Gamesa has installed the first Recyclable Blades at RWE offshore farm! Siemens Gamesa celebrated the delivery of green energy from the world’s first turbine equipped with the company’s composite...

What is the story behind the first fiberglass boat? 

What is the story behind the first fiberglass boat? 

Several pioneers in fiberglass boatbuilding were notable builders in wood before World War II. That was the case with Ray Greene of Toledo, Ohio. Born in 1913, he began building boats at age 12! He was keen to discover a new and better material for making hulls, even...

F1 Helmets

F1 Helmets

It's safe to say that the leather caps and googles use during the '50s are long gone! During the end of the '60s, the first helmets made of a composite material (in this case, fiberglass) were already being developed. But what are F1 helmets made of today?...

How are Carbon Fibers Manufactured

How are Carbon Fibers Manufactured

Carbon fiber is made from organic polymers, which consist of long strings of molecules held together by carbon atoms. Most carbon fibers (about 90%) are made from the polyacrylonitrile (PAN) process. A small amount (about 10%) are manufactured from rayon or the...

How Kevlar Bulletproof Vests became a reality?  

How Kevlar Bulletproof Vests became a reality?  

In the early 1970s, DuPont’s Kevlar ballistic fabric was invented.   During the mid-1970s, Kevlar was incorporated into a National Institute of Justice evaluation program to provide lightweight body armors for law enforcement officers. Kevlar armor was found...

Braiding 

Braiding 

In braiding, a mandrel is fed through the center of the machine at a uniform rate and fiber yarns from moving carriers on the machine braid over the mandrel at a controlled rate. The carriers work in pairs to accomplish an over/under braiding sequence. Two or more...

July’s Top Composite News!

July’s Top Composite News!

Let’s kick off our newsfeed with very exciting news: Ducati introduces lightweight motorcycle seat support rear frame! Mitsubishi Chemical Europe. Has displayed a lightweight motorcycle seat support rear frame developed through joint R&D between MCC subsidiary,...

How thin are carbon fibers?

How thin are carbon fibers?

The answer is simple, carbon fibers have a diameter between 5 and 10 micrometers. But that is kind of hard to visualize, right? So, let's compare them to something all humans have (some more than others), hair!  Luckily, we have a very nice picture that...

Composite Materials Course

Composite Materials Course

WHY THIS COURSE? Composite Materials are less of a choice and more an imperative. Metals and plastics might be the right solution for many engineering challenges. However, composites increasingly allow for a new range of possibilities and solutions! In this course,...

June’s Top Composite News!

June’s Top Composite News!

Wind Energy Industry: Let’s kick off our newsfeed with very exciting news: a project that aims to pioneer the use of natural fiber composites in the wind energy industry! The project Green Nacelle is commissioned by DOT (Delft Offshore Turbine), a leading wind turbine...