22 October 2010
22 October 2010
The Airborne Technology Centre is partner in the European FP7 funded project SmartFiber, in a consortium led by IMEC and with Ghent University, FBGS Technologies, Xenics, Fraunhofer and Optocap.
This consortium will develop a smart miniaturized system for continuous health monitoring of composites which integrates optical fiber sensor technology, nanophotonic chip technology and low-power wireless technology. The smart system will enable for the first time fully embedded structural health monitoring of composites used as structural parts in e.g. wind turbine blades, satellites, airplanes, civil constructions, oil and gas wells, boat hulls. Due to the innovative approach of integrating micro-technologies, SmartFiber will demonstrate a smart system so small (order mm's) that it can be embedded as a whole in the fiber reinforced polymer.
Chomarat is developing its Coatings & Films business at its French sites. The Group has just acquired an extruder and a graining line to increase its production capacities and develop new, more efficient solutions, particularly in the field of TPO (polyolefin thermoplastics).
Group Rhodes, through its Rhodes Interform business, has developed a revolutionary new process that enables large monocoque components, particularly those produced by super plastic forming (SPF) from very thin material, to more accurately retain their shape on cooling.
The combination of MSP’s NC-Checker and NC-PerfectPart software with Renishaw’s leading probing technology, is delivering significant cost and time savings for Quickstep Technologies’ composite manufacturing processes.