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Materials features, January 2009

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The Economics of Sustainable UV Coating Technology

Sustainability is the new “green” and will continue to gain influence in the global marketplace. A major movement is under way that includes efforts by env

Recycled materials are the future

– WEB EXCLUSIVE – Danish company Barsmark is using production waste from wind turbine blade manufacture to make products for new applications. René Bennyso

Automated production of tanks, pipes, spheres, golf club shafts and other hollow symmetrical structures made of reinforced plastics are a natural fit for t

Kelly Mowry has four children to feed and a business to run. As president of Gull Industries, a metal coating service provider in Houston, Texas, Mowry—a 4

With increasing use of renewables in the electricity sector, overcoming the intermittency of for example wind and solar is key. James Tipping and Duncan Si

Prepregs – reinforcing materials pre-impregnated with resin and ready to use to produce composite parts – are growing in popularity among all segments of t

Surface finishers nationwide were recently provided an opportunity to exhale a great sigh of relief—at least, for shop owners and managers to be certain. O

The wind power market has been a huge success story for the composites industry. Is the developing wave and tidal energy sector going to prove the same?

Two large diameter tanks for hydrochloric acid and nickel chloride storage have been fabricated in Mexico and shipped to the Pacific Rim. GRP construction

Sébastien Taillemite of Cray Valley and Rick Pauer of CCP explain how improved vinyl ester resins and processing techniques are creating more opportunities

We report on the tremendous potential for growth that carbon fibre represents and the innovative processing techniques and production advances that make th

Reinforced Plastics investigates the tricky, and increasingly topical, problem of recycling carbon fibre reinforced composites.

GE Aviation's site at Hamble, alongside Southampton Water on the UK's south coast, has a heritage to be proud of, but it is to the future that Mike Neave,

An ultrasound imaging camera, which is faster and easier to use than conventional ultrasonic testing techniques, has been developed by Imperium Inc. Bob La

Understanding the fundamentals of the wind energy industry, and its past successes and failures, is key to investing in wind power and making profits in th

How much wind power was installed, and where, in 2008? In total, global wind energy capacity surged by 28.8% - another record year for new installations. T

John O’Connor, Director of Product and Market Strategy, VISTAGY, discusses the challenges involved in maximising the potential of composites in aircraft ap

Philipp Angst, Product Manager Core Materials, and Roman Gätzi, Manager Technical Services Core Materials, Alcan Airex AG, discuss the company's Hybrid Cor

US boat builder Hodgdon Yachts employed thermoformed core material and a cold moulding infusion process to construct its new 65’ carbon composite yacht. Ma

George Marsh looks at the high speed composite boats used by law enforcement agencies.

The types of core materials available for composite sandwich structures and the specific properties and benefits they provide.

On July 23, 2008, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) issued a new regulation that regulates air emissions of hazardous air pollutant

Fuel economy has become a priority for car buyers around the globe and automotive OEMs have intensified their efforts to lightweight their products for imp

Ship and boat builders (many superyachts are more ship than boat) are achieving superyacht distinction and augmenting seaworthiness by placing composite su

After successfully weavings its path through the two chambers of Congress in the USA, President Obama has signed into law the hugely-ambitious (and some wo

Fernando Castro, Zyvax Europe Sales Manager, explains why mould surface conditioning is a major contribution towards obtaining a flawless part release.

This year's JEC Composites Show takes place on 24-26 March in Paris. In our preview we take a look at some of the developments on display.

Originally driven by innovation in the aerospace and motorsport sectors, the steady growth of composite prepreg tooling shows no sign of slowing. Andrew Du

Reinforced Plastics' 2008 supplement features articles on the application of composites in the key markets of marine, aerospace and construction.

Renewable energy in China has a promising future, but more incentives are needed, write Geoffrey D. Mullen and Weidong Wang at Grandall Legal Group.

Many theories abound as to what will be required to breathe new life back into the U.S. economy in general and industry in particular. For instance, do we

Vacuum bagging for resin infusion can be time consuming, and understanding how and why can save you a lot of time and money. As the use of the process has

Reducing the superstructure weight of passenger ferries and cruise ships can lead to improvements in fuel efficiency and other benefits, but until recently

Any hint of a potential new market for reinforced plastics is clearly of interest. So the fact that fibreglass and wood-plastic composite (WPC) are making

A wind turbine blade generally consists of two shells which are bonded together with a structural adhesive. K.P. Subrahmanian and Fabrice Dubouloz of Hunts

New World Developments of Ballymena, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, has increased production by up to 20%, and reduced spoilage and scrap rates by 10% for it

Florida-based boat builder Magnum Marine's new Magnum 70 was custom-built in collaboration with Composites One, Vectorply and SP. Dan Chamberlain, Technica

With a booming wind energy industry, the question is now arising of how to deal with end-of-life turbines, and particularly the blades made of hard-to-recy

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