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Case study: Carbon composites reduce rallycross car's weight

Former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg is currently competing in the 2013 European Rallycross Championship (ERC) with a customised 600 hp Citroën DS3 c

PowderMet 2013 – the route to the Windy City

PowderMet2013, the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, blows its way into Chicago from 24–27 June. This year’s conferenc

We review the composites news from the 50th Paris Air Show, which took place at Le Bourget on 17-13 June. The largest aerospace event in the world, the sho

This year Exelis Aerostructures will attend the Paris Air Show as a standalone business. Reinforced Plastics asked Mike Blair, the business' new vice presi

Modern passenger aircraft that represent a quantum leap in composites adoption and a commensurate improvement in airline economics, are now entering servic

Alloy coating technology helps manufacturer improve the corrosion-resistance of critical parts employed in harsh operating conditions.

Ken Brookes casts his expert eye over hardmetals posters focusing on surface engineering

This article discusses the use of reusable vacuum bags made of silicone and their advantages over conventional consumables.

Ken Brookes takes a look at hardmetals special interest oral presentations in our preview of the seminar.

Ken Brookes picks the best posters covering hardmetals modelling at the Plansee Seminar this week.

Ken Brookes continues to select his pick of the presentations at the Plansee Seminar, this time looking at hardmetals.

In the first of a series of exclusive articles, as the Plansee Seminar opens its doors, consultant editor Ken Brookes reviews the posters that will be on s

Why composite boat builders such as Discovery Yachts are moving from wet lay-up to the resin infusion process.

Modern passenger aircraft that represent a quantum leap in composites adoption, and a commensurate improvement in airline economics, are now entering servi

In part four of his coverage of the European Hardmetals Group meeting, Metal Powder Report consulting editor Kenneth J A Brookes provides his perspective a

Renewed activity in boat building and increasing confidence in the use of composites means the marine composites market is witnessing a positive growth rat

Marcus Wiemann of the Alliance for Rural Electrification outlines the mid-term findings of an information campaign in developing countries on the use of sm

The great migration of manufacturing from North America to China began 20 years ago when companies, believing they could reduce production costs, began est

Millions of pounds are being invested in resources in the UK a bid to upscale academic projects and make polymer composites the first choice when designing

Ken Brookes continues his preview of the Plansee Seminar with a look at special interest sessions.

Greg Goto, senior project engineer at Parmatech Corporation, describes how metal and plastic injection moulding can work in harmony, with the replacement o

The "Cleaning Lady" and "Rocket Scientist" provide some actions that job shop owners can take to protect their production line against common cleaning pitf

The A350 XWB, the first Airbus aircraft to be over 50 wt% composite, is scheduled to make its first flight this summer. Hexcel estimates that over $4 milli

This article provides an overview of the materials and processing techniques that can be used to create bio-composites, and looks at some of their applicat

Reinforced Plastics spoke to Arnaud Genis, Group President of the Owens Corning Composite Solutions Business, during the American Composites Manufacturers

Medical instrument specialist DePuy Spine employs a direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) process from EOS to create prototypes designed to improve surgeons’

Forecasts that demand for composite materials is set to double by 2015 are leading to record levels of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), according to a new r

THE UK's relationship with the European Union (EU) has been back in the news again. With so much of Westminster's low carbon energy ambition originating in

Tom Preece, Business Manager, Composites Skills Alliance, explains how the composites skills shortage in the UK is being addressed.

According to the UK’s Automotive Council weight targets for 2030 are unlikely to be met in some vehicle types even if the body chassis and shell are made o

According to market research firm Lucintel, the North American composites market will be completely recovered from the economic recession of 2008/2009 by 2

Global trends for increasing quality of life, personal health and convenience are driving the introduction of new consumer products and services. This arti

Earlier this year incidents related to the safety of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's lithium-ion battery system resulted in the grounding of in-service aircra

The technical programme for the Plansee Seminar has been revealed to www.metal-powder.net.

Cost-effective secondary finish process offers upstream cost savings for manufacturers of aerospace, automotive, and industrial components.

How much wind power is now installed globally? Which turbine company supplied the most turbines? BTM's annual report has now been published...

Anticipating increasing environmental pressure on cobalt, AkzoNobel has developed a range of cobalt-free accelerators for the unsaturated polyester resin m

Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council, gives us an overview of the Brazilian wind power market, stressing it's not all a bed of

According to the UK’s Automotive Council weight targets for 2030 are unlikely to be met in some vehicle types even if the body chassis and shell are made o

Investment banker Michael Del Pero offers some business perspective for companies in the composites sector.

Part 1. The UK has extensive offshore expertise through its oil & gas heritage. But how the wind industry can take advantage of this remains the million do

Global trends for increasing quality of life, personal health and convenience are driving the introduction of new consumer products and services. This arti

Self-healing composites, laser joining of carbon fibre reinforced plastic to zinc-coated steel, retrofitting of reinforced concrete buildings using glass a

Pipes for use in oil and gas extraction are increasingly being made from polymer composites because, unlike metal pipes, they do not corrode. We consider t

High-tech applications, as well as increasing worldwide demand, are fueling the production of metal injection moulded components. A newly released report b

The SeaUrchin™ tidal turbine, made from composite materials, is claimed to be as little as half the cost of competing marine generators to manufacture, ins

An international conference looking at the design, manufacturing and performance of MW sized wind turbine blades will take place in December 2013, organise

This section summarises a selection of recent composites-related research papers published in Elsevier’s journals.

Fibre reinforced plastics are increasingly being used to make trains as well as infrastructure including railway bridges, platforms, and sleepers. However,

2013 is an inauspicious number for what promises to be a vintage year for parts of the renewable energy and related industries.

The JEC Europe exhibition takes place in Paris on 12-14 March. We take a look at some of the new products and technologies exhibitors will be showcasing.

A startlingly different approach to scaling up wind turbine rotors is that advocated by Blade Dynamics Ltd, a young company located in the Isle of Wight, U

With environmental pressure on cobalt gaining momentum, AkzoNobel has developed a range of cobalt-free accelerators for the unsaturated polyester resin mar

In Part II of what he calls his “swan song,” industry veteran John “Jack” Horner touches on a range of subjects, from Ni electroplating from a sulfamate pl

Fibre reinforced plastics (FRPs) are increasingly being used to make trains as well as infrastructure including railway bridges, platforms, and sleepers. H

In this retrospective piece, industry veteran John “Jack” Horner reflects on the early research and development and testing that spurred innovations in mod

The UK NOVA project team has achieved a key milestone with the successful construction of the sails for a 50 kW prototype demonstrator of its concept 10 MW

Part 3. Offshore turbines need to be more reliable than their onshore counterparts. How is this creating divergence in approach as the offshore turbine ind

The continued development of offshore wind farms has created a growing market for support boats to transfer personnel and equipment to the turbines. We see

Acid copper plating has come a long way since the early days of double- and single-sided printed wiring boards. This article discusses how the North Americ

FORMAX, a manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements, played an integral role in the production of the award winning Farr 400 rac

In his follow-up coverage of papers presented at the PowderMet 2012 show, Joe Capus examines the boundless opportunities – as well as challenges – for PM f

The continued development of offshore wind farms has created a growing market for support boats to transfer personnel and equipment to the turbines. We see

After having slowed from 4.2% in 2010 to 3% in 2011 and around 2.5% in 2012 (with the Eurozone and Japan going back into recession), the growth rate of the

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