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.
Cobra International will showcase a range of composite products at CAMX 2018, including carbon fibre components for the automotive, transportation, marine, water sports and luxury sectors.
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.
Designers at Elemental Motor have utilised tailored fibre placement (TPF) to extend the use of carbon composites in its RP1 sports car.