31 January 2011
31 January 2011
Pepin Associates Inc has developed a version of its patented Disco-Tex aligned, discontinuous carbon fibre fabric using a thermoplastic as the matrix.
Fabrication with aerospace grade carbon fiber and nylon has resulted in a highly-formable, carbon-reinforced composite material with many possible applications. Other aerospace friendly thermoplastics, such as Polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), and high temperature thermoplastics, such as Polyetherimide (PEI), may be used as well.
Pepin Associates has already developed a glass fiber-reinforced version of Disco-Tex using recycled, post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) made from used soda bottles. This glass PET composite was used to make a demonstration crush zone part for a small, compact automobile.
Pepin Associates believes that Disco-Tex made from carbon and thermoplastics will likewise be 100% recyclable, possibly to be re-used for production of similar composite parts for automotive or aerospace applications.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) selected a lightweight FiberSPAN fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge deck, manufactured by Composite Advantage, for the Rugg Bridge on Route 57.
Alvant has been appointed to work on a two-year, £28 million project titled Large Landing Gear of the Future, which aims to deliver a 30% weight reduction and assist the aerospace industry’s drive to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
Hexadrone’s 3D printed Tundra prototype, manufactured by CRP Technology via laser sintering (LS) technology using Windform SP and Windform XT 2.0 carbon composite materials, has won the Red Dot Award 2018 in the drone category.