10 March 2009
10 March 2009
Quantities of single strand/ single crystal fibre materials are now being manufactured in the USA by Reade Advanced Materials as single strand fibres and filaments sized 0.001"" to 0.005"" in diameter.
The single strand/ single crystal fibre materials now available include: amorphous boron, boron carbide, amorphous carbon, diamond like carbon (dlc), metal borides, carbides, ceramic, intermetallic, metallic, nitrides, oxides, refractory metals, silicides, silicon carbide, sulfides, tungsten and tungsten carbide.
Popular end use applications include: ceramic & metal matrix composites, plastics reinforcement, aerospace, refractories, high temperature ceramic filters, drilling tools, specialty high temperature textiles, ceramic armour, batteries, fuel cells, reinforcement of turbines, sporting goods and superconductive wires.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.