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News for 19 February 2007


Granta and EconCore to Develop New Sandwich Materials Software Tool

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Granta Design and EconCore are to cooperate in the development of a software tool for sandwich material selection and optimisation. Sandwich construction combines the in-plane properties of a skin material with the out-of-plane properties of a core material, leading to a more effective use of both materials. Maximizing performance per unit of cost can require designers to consider a complex balance of the different functions of, for example, the outer layers and centre material of a plate or shell, against variables such as cost and weight. These designers need an easy way to compare potential sandwich material combinations against each other and against monolithic materials, and to select the optimal combination. The tool will enable users to explore the potential weight and cost savings offered by sandwich material combinations.

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ESI Group Launches PAM-QUIKFORM for CATIA V5

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ESI Group has made availablet PAM-QUIKFORM for CATIA V5, developed under the CAA V5 Gold Software Partnership Agreement signed with Dassault Systemes. PAM-QUIKFORM is currently implemented in CATIA V5 Composites Design, Dassault Systemes’ composite design module.. “This new product from ESI Group will allow users to leverage CATIA V5 Composites Design, which increases productivity by performing fiber simulations that are directly built upon the laminate definition in CATIA,” says Frederic Vacher, Manager of Partnership Business Development at Dassault Systemes. “This additional CAA V5 product complementing the V5PLM composite portfolio will strongly benefit our PLM customers from the aerospace industry.” The software is a simulation tool capable of predicting the deformation of the reinforcement of composite parts during manufacturing. PAM-QUIKFORM is based on geometrical methods and can predict, in a matter of seconds, if a selected material can be used to form a part without potential problems, like wrinkling. The flat pattern of the laminate is computed simultaneously and can be used for nesting and cutting machines. PAM-QUIKFORM features a capability that enables the simulation of unidirectional composite deformation during the draping process. The algorithms capture the specific deformation mechanisms that occur in unidirectional draping, like intraply sliding or fibre-spreading. “The integration of PAM-QUIKFORM for CATIA V5 is an example of the physics-based simulation brought by ESI Group that can be embedded in CATIA V5 Composites Design in order to offer a complete solution that covers the design and the virtual manufacturing of composite parts. This kind of step should accelerate the current effort of aeronautics toward a simulation-based design,” says Patrick de Luca, Composites Centre of Excellence Manager at ESI Group.

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Anaglyph Releases Version 3.2 of Laminate Tools

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The latest release adds numerous user-driven features that enhance design, post-processing and manufacture. Laminate Tools addresses the Design-Analysis-Check-Manufacture process of structural design, focusing on the composite material features. It is a tool that complements existing CAD systems and/or FEA environments, with native support for Nastran and Ansys that ensures compatibility in the analysis of composites. Version 3.2 incorporates new import and export interfaces to ensure better data flow, micro-strain calculations are now available and improved functionality has been added for detailed flat pattern manipulation. Anaglyph will be at JEC 2007 stand A40 (3-5 April, Paris)

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Concurrent Engineering in FRP Boat Design and Build

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To help improve the competitiveness of the UK boatbuilding industry, a three-year Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) project seeks to investigate how a concurrent engineering approach might be applied in the context of designing and building boats made from fibre reinforced plastic materials. This is one of the activities outlines in the current UK National Composites Network newsletter, which can be found at the link below. In the increasingly competitive global boat building marketplace, UK companies face competition from Europe, particularly Italy for large powerboats, the Tiger Economies in the Far East and the US. This requires the UK boat building industry to embrace modern integrated design and production techniques to maintain and improve its competitive position. These techniques include borrowing and adapting the best solutions from other industries, including aerospace and automotive, as well as those developed within the shipbuilding industry. One aspect of the advances deals with concurrent engineering which involves explicit linkages of production parameters to design variables at early stages of design conception and synthesis leading to minimization of work content in manufacturing the product (boat) coupled with an optimal use of materials. The work undertaken so far has concentrated in four main areas, namely materials database issues, design codes and standards, production process modelling and concurrent engineering principles. It is envisaged that the materials database will contain essential information about the materials used for boat building by a given company and will also contain the manufacturing process information for these materials. This tool could be linked to a CAD system so that accurate costing of new designs can be produced to enhance usage of new, more cost-effective and functionally better materials. Incorporation of the latest design codes and standards within concurrent engineering will allow more cost efficient and faster production through use of design for production methods. The project will also seek to make use of production models incorporating materials flow through the boatyard shop floor; this approach could also be used to optimise the shop floor production area layout. All of these different tools for design will be translated into a concurrent engineering environment to enable increased quality and innovation in design, while reducing the cost of new boat production. The project will culminate with the deployment of the new tool in a number of boatyard case studies. The project started in October 2006 and is being pursued through a doctoral research programme funded by the EPSRC as a CASE studentship, with additional financial and technical support from the British Marine Federation (BMF) and its participating boat builder members. The project will gain direction both from industry, through two supervisors from BMF, and from academe, through two supervisors in the School of Engineering Sciences in the University of Southampton. Close collaboration between various boatyards, designers and materials suppliers and the research team is envisaged as being critical to the success of this project.

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Boat Resin Infused with Airtech Materials at Seatec

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Airtech Europe and Assocompositi completed hull and deck construction of a FIV 555 school boat by the resin infusion process live during Seatec at the beginning of this month.. Assocompositi initiated an international cooperation with the material suppliers needed for a resin infusion demonstration. More than 300 visitors attended and appreciated the high quality of the demonstration which was the major event of the “Strategies for transition to new materials and technologies in nautical production”. The hull and deck normally moulded by wet lay-up as a single skin construction were re-engineered into a thin skin cored construction, moulded in a single shot resin infusion process. The presentation of the resin infusion process enabled professionals to collect their first practical experience and to realise how efficient and cost effective this technique is.

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Nano-Metal Coating to Improve Durability of Composite Tooling

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Integran Technologies has developed Nanovar, a low thermal expansion, hard metal coating to improve the durability and extend the lifespan of composite tooling. Integran say that their material is nano-structured, meaning the metal grains are 1000x smaller than conventional metals, resulting in hardness similar to a tool steel. Adhesion through repeated thermal cycling is achieved by closely matching the thermal expansion of Nanovar to the carbon composite substrate. “The composites manufacturing industry has waited a long time for a product like this.” says Rich Emrich, Program Manager at Integran Technologies. “Nanovar enables companies to take full advantage of lightweight, low thermal mass composite tooling in a volume manufacturing environment”.

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CTG Aerospace Takes Off

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Crompton Technology Group Ltd, based in Banbury, UK has added CTG Aerospace as a new business division of the company. CTG Aerospace designs, qualifies and manufactures a range of structural and non-structural composite components for both military and commercial aerospace applications. The company recently received the AS9100 accreditation, which means that they can operate effectively in the aerospace industry and also attract new business. The accreditation also puts CTG onto “OASIS” which is an international database for aerospace suppliers. Kevin Parsons QES Manager, in-charge of the project said, “Achieving AS9100 means that we have a world class business system aligned to support the aerospace industry and our numerous aerospace customers. The best practices mandated by AS9100 have become the CTG standard which supports our entire customer base, in all industries, not only Aerospace. Our business system aids the efficiency and profitability of the company, and is flexible enough to constantly evolve as we grow the business. He went on to say “having a company with an accredited world class business system in North Oxfordshire is a credit to the high calibre of employees in the area”.

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Bryte Technologies to Operate as TenCate Advanced Composites USA

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After being a wholly owned subsidiary of TenCate Advanced Composites of The Netherlands since 1999, Bryte Technologies began operating as TenCate Advanced Composites USA, Inc from February 1st. According to Scott Unger, Vice President & COO of TenCate Advanced Composites USA, “It is important to note that this is not a change of ownership, but is simply a corporate name change that will further build the worldwide TenCate brand name within the aerospace materials and armour marketplaces, and bring stronger brand name recognition to our global business. There have been no management, key personnel or process changes associated with this name change and the markets we serve will continue to receive the same high quality products and superior level of customer service that they’ve come to expect from Bryte Technologies during the past 17 years. In support of our important US Military customers, their prime contractors and sub-contractors, TenCate Advanced Composites USA, Inc. will remain a California, USA Corporation and will also retain its USA Ownership status through Royal Ten Cate USA, Inc. of Atlanta, GA.”

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LM Glasfiber Signs Agreement with Goldwind

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LM Glasfiber has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China’s leading wind turbine manufacturer Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co., Ltd. The agreement comprises a firm blade supply contract of minimum six-years for the Goldwind 70/1,500kW and 77/1,500kW turbines and an additional contract to develop blades for Goldwind’s next generation of turbines of 2 MW and above for onshore and offshore applications. The blades will be delivered from a new LM Glasfiber factory in Urumqi, Xinjiang, where Goldwind is based as well as from LM Glasfiber’s existing factory in Tianjin. Supply from the new factory is expected to begin in the middle of 2007. Wu Gang, President of Goldwind says: “We are very pleased to have signed the agreement with LM Glasfiber enhancing our cooperation. Wind power is a strategic priority area in China and Goldwind is strongly committed to turn our ambitious targets into reality. Therefore we are pleased that LM Glasfiber will bring their expertise and experience into our cooperation and ensure a supply of blades for our strong pipeline of projects.” Søren F. Knudsen, Sales and Marketing Director of LM Glasfiber says: “China is likely to be one of the fastest developing wind power markets in the world and Goldwind has a leading market position. We are proud to have been able to expand our cooperation based on our competitive technology and proven quality showing also our commitment to be a significant supplier to the Chinese market.”

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Cytec Selects Site for Carbon Fibre Expansion Project

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Cytec Industries has completed the site selection for a carbon fibre expansion project announced last year, with Greenville, S.C., chosen as the location of the company’s proposed new facility. Pending final approval, construction is expected to begin in 2008 with plant start-up scheduled for early 2010. The expansion would double Cytec’s carbon fibre manufacturing capacity and provide additional capability to meet the demand for next-generation carbon fibres. Cytec’s capital investment in the expansion, projected at approximately $150 million, is in addition to a modernization and recommissioning effort completed last year at the company’s existing carbon fibre manufacturing site in Greenville, which increased Cytec’s annual carbon fibre production capacity by 33 percent and added 60 new jobs. Cytec expects to add approximately 225 additional skilled and professional jobs when the expansion project is fully operational. Today, Cytec employs nearly 290 at its carbon fibre plants in Greenville and Rock Hill, South Carolina. “We’re committed to meeting the increasing needs of our customers for carbon fibre-based materials,” said Cytec Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer James P. Cronin, who led the site selection team. “We expect to benefit from this strategic investment by focusing a large part of our additional carbon fiber capacity on Cytec Engineered Materials’ advanced composites product line, which is experiencing significant growth as aerospace composites use escalates.” “Today’s announcement is another positive sign that our efforts to improve the state’s business climate are paying dividends,” said Gov. Mark Sanford. “Cytec is an innovative world leader and this expansion enhances our state’s ability to compete in the global economy for new high-tech, high-wage jobs. As well, given Cytec’s involvement in the aerospace industry, this announcement certainly has potential in terms of future job creation, investment and growth opportunities for many years to come.” When the planned new facility goes online in 2010 it will manufacture Cytec carbon fibres such as Thornel T300, T650 and T40/800, which are used by a variety of commercial aerospace and military customers, as well as new fibres currently under development. “The proposed facility will be built adjacent to Cytec’s existing Greenville carbon fibre plant and will leverage the surrounding developed land, rail access and some of the current infrastructure,” said Cytec Engineered Materials’ President Steve Speak. “And when you factor in the pool of highly-skilled talent already available and the in-depth training that the South Carolina Technical College System can provide, South Carolina’s value proposition is clear and compelling.” Speak added, “Cytec’s history in Greenville County—combined with the unflagging support and enthusiasm of the local, county, state and federal organizations involved in this project—significantly influenced our decision to invest here. South Carolina is positioned for growth and we’re excited to be part of that progress through the construction of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.”

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