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Airbus explores shape-changing carbon
Friday, 17 October 2014

alt Shape-shifting materials that could make aircraft simpler and lighter, potentially saving fuel, are being developed by Airbus and researchers at MIT.

Made of carbon fibre composites, the materials shift between two or more shapes in response to changes in heat, air pressure or other environmental factors. They can be easily integrated into aircraft, replacing the need for more complex hydraulic actuators, motors and hinges. The first application might be in a jet engine’s air intake valve, which needs to adjust as the plane changes altitude.  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

Single-step injection moulded parts

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

article thumbnailRocTool, the French specialist in technologies for the rapid moulding of composites and plastic injection has signed a global license agreement with Flextronics, a provider of global end-to-end...

New SMC solutions from Owens Corning

Thursday, 16 October 2014

article thumbnailOwens Corning is introducing two new suite of sheet moulding compound (SMC) solutions employing its patented, boron-free Advantex glass. Advantex ME1975, a new glass fibre multi-end roving, is...


New carbon for Europe

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

article thumbnailHexcel Corporation will expand its carbon fibre production capacity through the addition of new precursor and carbon fibre lines in Roussillon, France. The $250 million investment will also include ...

3D printing for the Middle East

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

article thumbnailParadigm 3D has opened the first 3D printing operation in the Middle East, centrally located in Dubai to serve the needs of the region for fast 3D printed parts. It’s no secret, the company says,...