This guide has been created to allow the composites industry to understand the environmental and social impacts of different composite materials and manufacturing processes and provide an environmental profiling system for composite materials and products.
The life-cycle impacts of each material and process choice from the cradle to the factory gate are presented in simple A to E comparative rankings, for the first time allowing informed decisions to be made on the environmental and social effects of composite materials and process choices.
Composites Evolution, Bercella and Element Materials Technology (Element) have successfully completed the development and testing of a composite cantilever support for rail passenger seating.
Boeing and Thermwood have employed additive manufacturing technology to produce a large, single-piece tool for the 777X programme. The project is demonstrating that additive manufacturing is ready to produce production quality tooling for the aerospace industry.
UK company Prodrive Composites has developed a process for manufacturing recyclable composite components that can satisfy future end-of-life requirements without any compromise in the performance of the original parts. The company says the P2T (Primary to Tertiary) process not only simplifies recycling, but endows a composite material with the potential to fulfil three or more useful lifetimes.