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Renewable Wood-Based Carbon Fiber Used to Build Car Prototype

Renewable Wood-Based Carbon Fiber Used to Build Car Prototype

The world's first model car comprising wood-based carbon fiber roof and battery was produced by a group of Swedish researchers. Many decades ago, station wagons have wooden paneling; however, this was merely for aesthetics. The vision behind using wood in this current research is to decrease vehicle weight using renewable materials. [More]
Sandia Labs Analyzes Impact on Composites Using Nondestructive Testing Methods

Sandia Labs Analyzes Impact on Composites Using Nondestructive Testing Methods

Researchers David Moore and Timothy Briggs from Sandia National Laboratories and their teams are analyzing the inner parts of a composite material. Moore had a rectangular piece of carbon composite material with a surface that was smooth with a weak woven pattern. [More]
CHOMARAT Earns DNV GL Certification for Glass and Carbon Multiaxial Reinforcements

CHOMARAT Earns DNV GL Certification for Glass and Carbon Multiaxial Reinforcements

CHOMARAT has received DNV GL certification for its range of glass and carbon multiaxial reinforcements for the marine market, available under the brand names G-PlyTM and C-PlyTM. [More]
Scientists Combine Mathematics and Materials Science to Develop 4D Printed Hydrogel Composite Structures

Scientists Combine Mathematics and Materials Science to Develop 4D Printed Hydrogel Composite Structures

A group of scientists from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a breakthrough 4D printing method, using time as fourth dimension. The group were inspired by plants and other natural structures, which react to environmental stimuli and change their form accordingly. The scientists have developed 4D printed hydrogel composite structures that change their form when immersed in water. [More]
MIT Researchers Develop Transparent Polymer that Could Offer Cheaper Alternative to Smart Windows

MIT Researchers Develop Transparent Polymer that Could Offer Cheaper Alternative to Smart Windows

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new theory to predict the amount of light transmitted via a material, considering its level of stretch and thickness. Based on this theory, the researchers were able to successfully predict the varying transparency of a rubber-like, transparent polymer as it was stretched and inflated. [More]
Researchers Develop 3D Printing Technique for Composite Materials

Researchers Develop 3D Printing Technique for Composite Materials

The study exhibits a unique method, using ultrasonic waves to accurately position a huge number of tiny reinforcement fibers as part of the 3D printing process. The fibers form a microscopic reinforcement framework to provide the material strength, a focused laser beam is then used to position this microstructure. Finally, the epoxy resin is cured and the object is printed. [More]
Hyun-Dai Fiber Uses Glass/Carbon Fiber to Build Novel Composite Materials

Hyun-Dai Fiber Uses Glass/Carbon Fiber to Build Novel Composite Materials

Market research suggests that the glass fiber and special chemical fiber sector will grow annually by 6.47% from 2015 to 2020. Hyun-Dai Fiber.Co.Ltd. have been using their expertise and technical know-how to manufacture and supply various fibers - from superfine glass fiber to carbon fiber - in order to meet the demands of its customers. [More]
BMW 7 Series Features Hexcel’s Innovative CFRP Technology

BMW 7 Series Features Hexcel’s Innovative CFRP Technology

Hexcel is pleased to have its innovative CFRP technology introduced in the BMW 7 Series where it is used to save weight and reinforce the metal shell of the B-pillar. Hexcel supplies BMW with preforms made of unidirectional carbon prepreg set in various orientations and combined with adhesive. The prepreg is made from Hexcel’s HexPly® M77 resin system that cures in 1.5 minutes at 160°C. [More]
Study Reveals Mechanisms Behind Remarkable Strength of Seashells

Study Reveals Mechanisms Behind Remarkable Strength of Seashells

Seashells, lobster claws, and chalk are all composed of calcium carbonate crystals but the first two are tough to break, while the third is soft enough to draw on pathways. This is because the hard materials contain bits of soft biological matter, which provides them with strength. [More]
Study Results Help Design Metallic Materials with Unmatched Damage Tolerance

Study Results Help Design Metallic Materials with Unmatched Damage Tolerance

A new alloy with cold-loving features is reported to be one of the toughest metallic alloys ever, according to a team of Berkeley Lab researchers. [More]