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CNT out-of-oven route to huge energy savings
Tuesday, 14 April 2015

alt Aerospace engineers at MIT have developed a carbon nanotube (CNT) film with the ability to successfully cure carbon composites – using only 1% of the energy required by conventional ovens.

When connected to an electrical power source and wrapped over a multilayer polymer composite, the heated film stimulates the polymer to solidify. The research group tested the film on a common carbon fibre material and found that it created a composite as strong as that manufactured in an oven.

The new ‘out-of-oven’ approach may offer a more direct, energy-saving method for manufacturing virtually any industrial composite, believes Brian L. Wardle, an associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT.  Read More >>


Welcome to Ecocomposites

The increasing replacement of metals and wood with composites is intrinsically environmentally responsible.
Composites allow structures to shed weight, and as a consequence have a big role to play in reducing both the use of petrochemicals and CO2 emissions
cross a wide range of end-use industries.

However, many other developments are taking place in the composites industry. They involve, for example, the development of natural and bio-based fibres and resins, along with cleaner and more efficient processes.
You’ll find all the news of this drive towards a greener tomorrow right here.

Adrian Wilson, editor

Best of both worlds from Evonik

Thursday, 16 April 2015

article thumbnailEvonik is planning to introduce mass-produced composites based on hybrid polymer systems said to combine the processability of thermoplastics and the mechanical properties of thermosets.  The...

Accreditation for Teijin carbon lab

Monday, 13 April 2015

article thumbnailThe Teijin Composites Innovation Center (TCIC) in Ehime, Japan, has obtained ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation as a testing laboratory, strengthening its role as the research and development base for...


Better nests for Capricorn

Thursday, 26 March 2015

article thumbnailJetcam’s Expert nesting software paid for itself in under two weeks for Capricorn Composite, based in Nürburgring, Germany.  Capricorn manufactures prepreg composite parts for the automotive...

Carbon parts in 30 seconds

Thursday, 26 March 2015

article thumbnailIn 2014 Dow Automotive Systems introduced commercial its ultra-fast, under-90-second moulding cycle time Voraforce 5300 resin formulation for carbon fibre composites. This year, the company is...