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Materials features, July 2011

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Windpower 2011 revisited: innovation in wind

One of the trends at this year's Windpower 2011 event in Anaheim, California was a heavy emphasis on new technology – as well as the continuing debate abou

Wind power poised for a busy year: Five trends to watch in 2012

A big year is in store for the U.S. wind power industry in 2012, both in the policy arena and out in the field...

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has established a tradition of taking a look back in December at the events that shaped the year in wind power.

World growth will slow in 2012, but the question is by how much – IHS Global Insight chief economist Nariman Behravesh releases his Top 10 Economic Predict

A critical blend of advanced technologies.

This article examines the pros and cons of two different auto body paint scenarios.

How the redesign of a motorbike swingarm in carbon fibre epoxy prepreg was made possible by using the Composites Modeler ply modelling and fibre simulation

The recreational boat building industry is a major consumer of composite materials. But the global economic downturn left material suppliers and boat build

Thicker laminate structure in new commercial passenger aircraft will affect maintainability. Vicki P. McConnell identifies possible changes in composite re

When it comes to financing a wind farm there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Tailoring the right funding structure for a wind development depends on wher

Portable, high-speed process reduces repair costs and downtime.

Specialist kiteboard and surfboard manufacturer North Kiteboarding uses TeXtreme spread tow carbon fabric from Oxeon AB in its new Select and Team Series c

A £25 million centre for innovation in composites design and manufacture officially opens in the UK in late November. CEO Peter Chivers gave Amanda Jacob a

Reviewing the fundamentals of palladium-nickel, platinum and rhodium plating.

Frank O’Brien-Bernini, Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer for Owens Corning, discusses how composites can play a role in a sustainable business s

Bombardier Aerospace says its CSeries will deliver a 20% fuel burn advantage, 15% lower operating costs and 25% lower maintenance costs compared to other a

Utilizing the right type of process analytical equipment in your plating operations can maximize finish quality, parts coverage, and overall efficiency.

Metal Finishing's adhesion and bonding expert discusses how blistering can be reduced or even eliminated by the proper selection of coating materials and s

Is automotive design paradigm shifting into high gear on a direct drive to carbon fibre body-in-black? Vicki P. McConnell looks at new FRP products for veh

Eric Debondue, Business Development Leader, 3B-the fibreglass company, discusses the development of glass fibre composite compressed natural gas (CNG) cyli

Understanding the goals and requirements and using well-defined, effective cleaning processes goes a long way to increasing the value of your product to cu

Christian Fais, General Sales Manager North America for Dieffenbacher, outlines the potential of high-pressure resin transfer moulding (HP-RTM) for series

This year's COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show takes place in Stuttgart, Germany, on 27-29 September. In our preview we look at just some of the innovations whic

FORMAX doesn’t do ‘off the shelf’ – it works with customers to develop bespoke reinforcements optimised for their composite processes and applications. Rei

Composite materials and technologies group Gurit AG has sired an automotive company to focus on developing and producing carbon fibre reinforced plastic bo

In a few months time two young UK engineers will attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a pedal-boat to raise money for charity and hopefully set a new wor

Article examines the interactions between mixed metal oxide anodes and various plating baths.

The growing demand for everything green to promote sustainability is being felt increasingly in the building and construction industry. The internationally

By signing SB X 1-2 into law, Governor Jerry Brown has marked a new milestone in California’s electricity history, turning the state into a deeper shade of

John Durkee, Metal Finishing's "Cleaning Times" columnist, reviews three essential works on cleaning.

Bernd Hoevel, Senior R&D Manager, and Alain Sagnard, Senior R&D Engineer, at the Dow Chemical Company, describe how the company's foam core material and e

Metal Finishing's quality control guru, Leslie Flott, discusses how root cause analysis can be utilized as an effective procedural tool.

Various materials have been used as core materials in sandwich composites to produce strong, lightweight and cost-effective structures in a broad range of

Over the past decades, structural adhesives have evolved into effective and dependable alternatives to conventional joining techniques such as bolting, riv

Greg Terrell, national sales manager, Coventya, Inc., provides insights on helping reps maximize their true value proposition.

Composites are effective in providing corrosion protection in significant volume for industrial processing systems worldwide. Vicki P. McConnell examines c

Fred Stoll, Chief Engineer, WebCore Technologies LLC, explains how TYCOR® W core material is helping wind turbine blade designers reduce the cost and weigh

Monitoring metrics in the pursuit of continuous improvement is the key to success for Tucker, Ga.-based finishing operation.

The 540 ft long Knickerbocker Bridge now open in Boothbay, Maine, USA, is claimed to be the longest composite vehicular bridge in the world. It employs hyb

With a growing number of composite wind turbine blades now in service, rotor blade maintenance is becoming a major issue. George Marsh looks at the techniq

Part two: We continue our focus on cost reduction in wind energy, and ask some major innovators in the sector where we are heading for in the major markets

Equipment and product innovation plays a vital role in the financial viability of wind power. But industry players should also share understanding of key O

Ed Petrie, Metal Finishing's "Adhesion & Bonding" columnist, explores new solvents that have been developed for a multitude of uses.

The automotive industry is using increasing quantities of carbon fibre composites and the latest advances in automated mass production techniques can be se

Powerful aqueous-based formula works wonders for Youngstown, Ohio-based architectural panel and aluminum extrusion finishing operation.

Tom Hedger, President of Magnum Venus Plastech, comments on the recent decision of the US Health and Human Services Department to list styrene as a substan

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