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Composites features, January 2008

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Automating cutting of composites

All composites manufacturers want to improve quality and productivity while reducing costs. For users of fabric reinforcements and prepregs automated cutti

Suppliers focus on improving productivity of blade producers

A round-up of just a few of the new composite products designed to make the manufacture of wind turbine blades easier and quicker.

Given the increased size of modern turbine blades and their growing fabrication sophistication and cost, blade monitoring is becoming important to operator

Structural foam cores are becoming more competitive and promise to make a greater contribution to the success of composite sandwich structures. George Mars

The first comprehensive study into long-term styrene exposure of personnel working in the composites industry has been carried out in Europe. Ab Kasper of

The European Parliament has adopted the proposals for the registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals. We look at what is now required to compl

Ben Bogner and Bruce Curry of AOC LLC discuss the use of fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) at three power plants. The first project was a 16.3 ft (5 m) diame

Suzlon needs little introduction. The wind turbine manufacturer embodies the rise of renewable energy, perhaps more than any other company in the world. Fo

Synthetic resins play an important role in model and mould making, and in the manufacture of finished composite parts. Holger Giese of Sika describes the v

A European project team has been investigating the factors which determine the surface quality of composite laminates produced using vacuum infusion. Raine

Roman Gaetzi, Manager Technical Services Core Materials at Alcan Airex AG, offers some advice on getting the infusion process right.

Wind energy has now become a major scientific discipline with significant potential for research and education. And as legislation drives the uptake of win

From traditional unidirectional wovens to stitched multiaxials and unique hybrids, reinforcement fabrics deliver the increased strength, stiffness, weight

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