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Materials features, July 2013

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An introduction to vacuum infusion

Vacuum infusion can be used to produce high quality composite parts with minimal styrene emissions. This article describes the materials and equipment requ

The top 3 Reinforced Plastics blogs of 2013

As we reach the end of 2013, here's a chance to catch up on the top three most popular blogs on our website for the year.

Joe Capus, MPR consulting editor, looks back on the contributions of Henry Bessemer.

A new pedestrian bridge over Rhyl Harbour in North Wales consists of two 30 m long composite lifting decks. This is the story of its design and installatio

This book describes the growing field of multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) as applied to materials selection in product design.

This is the essential materials engineering text and resource for students developing skills and understanding of materials properties.

This book analyzes contemporary theoretical models at the micro- and macro levels of material structure.

Joe Capus, MPR contributing editor, continues his ongoing reporting of the technical papers presented at PowderMet 2013 in Chicago this past June. In this

AVK’s annual round-up of the European GRP market was released at Composites Europe in Stuttgart, Germany in September. Mark Holmes reports on the figures a

As we reach the end of 2013, here's a handy review of the topics we've covered in the six issues of Reinforced Plastics magazine this year.

Bridges have always been social and economic driving forces. Many have also become landmarks and icons. Prehistoric bridges were made of stone and wood. Br

The manufacture of carbon fibre can result in the emission of several substances harmful to humans and the environment and is therefore heavily regulated b

Coatings applied to today’s critical engine components are integral to the performance, maintenance and longevity of the parts – and to the reliability of

Objections from the aviation sector delay hundreds of MW of wind developments. But credible solutions to address radar issues are starting to reach maturit

Wind turbine gearbox failures can result in high repair costs plus lost revenue due to downtime. Even where there are no failures, gearboxes are likely to

AVK’s annual round-up of the European GRP market was released at Composites Europe in Stuttgart, Germany, in September. Mark Holmes reports on the figures

Presented here are excerpts from Dr. Lal’s comprehensive technical paper on “Electroless Nickel Baths,” which is slated to appear in its entirety in the No

The entry into service of an increasing number of composites-intensive aircraft is creating demand for technicians skilled in repairing these materials.

Badri Narayanan, senior research analyst with Beroe, Inc, examines the impact of various factors on the US steel market and the implications for consumers

Pineville, La.-based Baker Manufacturing reaps the rewards from making the switch.

Well known in the racing yacht and superyacht sectors for its lightweight carbon fibre rigging, masts and booms, Future Fibres is now looking to diversify

These are the most downloaded articles from ScienceDirect in the last 90 days for the Elsevier journal Composites Part B: Engineering.

Bridges have always been social and economic driving forces. Many have also become landmarks and icons. Prehistoric bridges were made of stone and wood. Br

Aircraft maker Boeing and ORACLE TEAM USA, winner of the 34th America's Cup, are collaborating to recycle the carbon fibre mast and hull of USA-71, a yacht

The entry into service of an increasing number of composites-intensive aircraft is creating demand for technicians skilled in repairing these materials.

This February, British sailor Mike Golding finished his third Vendée Globe. His custom-built 60 ft IMOCA class Open 60 monohull Gamesa was fitted with the

Special report. Part one: how much renewable electricity capacity was installed worldwide at the end of 2012, and which technologies were the most popular?

Joe Capus, consultant editor for Metal Powder Report, caught up with key principals of the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology (CPMT) at PowderMet 2013

This article compares the various laser technologies that have been considered for CFRP cleaning, and explores the implementation of the excimer laser tech

Ultra-fast, high-volume turnaround of unique surface finishing tool enables leading helicopter designer/manufacturer to proceed with production in only a f

The Japan Powder Metallurgy Association recently issued its annual report. Joe Capus, Metal Powder Report consultant editor, dissects the 18-page document

This article discusses the issues surrounding the recycling of glass fibre reinforced plastics (GRP), and reviews some of the options available today.

This article discusses a problem which is facing the composites community, that of end-of-life boat disposal.

Special report. Part 4. Ocean energy (wave and tidal) still remains at an early stage, mainly at a research and development (R&D) phase with a few projects

Additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, is claimed to be a wonder technology that will revolutionise industry. One expert, however, calls for caution.

Amanda Jacob visited Lamborghini’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese to see the production line for the carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque

This article compares the various laser technologies that have been considered for CFRP cleaning, and explores the implementation of the excimer laser tech

Colin Bennett reports on the state of play in the Latin American wind power market where a country other than Brazil is starting to flex some serious muscl

Kenneth J A Brookes, Metal Powder Report consultant editor, reviews the presentations conducted by the European Hard Materials Group during the 2013 Planse

This article discusses the issues surrounding the recycling of glass fibre reinforced plastics (GRP), and reviews some of the options available today.

This year's COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show takes place in Stuttgart, Germany, on 17-19 September. In our preview we look at just some of the innovations whic

In this paper, which was originally featured in Elsevier’s Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials’ Special Issue on the 2012 Zhuzhou International

In this paper, which was originally featured in Elsevier’s Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials, the “notch quench method” was used to study the

A conference that took place recently at Chilworth Manor, Southampton, UK, highlighted the fact that funding and other help is available for UK boat builde

When it comes to getting the most of your powder coating operation, proactively identifying potential problems before they occur plays a big part. The foll

George Marsh looks at some of the latest technologies and tidal power concepts being investigated by companies and research organisations around the world.

George Giles from Siemens Industry looks at some of the issues surrounding tidal power.

Today's large wind turbine blades need to come out of the mould right the first time, with no defects. An important contributor to this is a mould release

While the effect of the escalating unrest in Egypt is obvious at the gas pump, the crisis potentially could have a less obvious impact on the cost of count

The unstoppable growth of the world’s cities creates opportunities and challenges for the construction industry.

Wind turbine blades are usually made of glass fibre reinforced epoxy. But with the wind power industry growing fast, the quest is on to find less time cons

2013 marks the centenary of the development of stainless steel. Joe Capus looks back on its fascinating history.

How thermoplastic composites are offering a potential solution to the challenges of reaching deep water oil and gas reserves.

Here we list some of the latest publications related to fibre reinforced plastics.

An analysis of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the composites industry in the first half of 2013.

33 companies, including Ashland, DSM, Gurit, TenCate and Toyota, are supporting the new Aachen Centre for Integrated Lightweight Production (AZL) at RWTH A

Reinforced Plastics visited Lamborghini’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, to learn about this famous manufacturer of extreme supercars’ expert

Since FORMAX’s formation in 1999, this privately-owned company has developed and manufactured a wide range of carbon, glass and aramid multiaxial fabrics.

While the US continues to drag its feet on climate change in terms of national emissions legislation, its armed forces have been investing in renewable ene

Reports suggest that the 50th Paris Air Show was a good showcase for the composites market and further evidence of the long-term future for composite mater

Part 2. George Marsh continues his look at the latest designs of offshore wind farm service vessels coming on stream.

Today's large wind turbine blades need to come out of the mould right the first time, with no defects. An important contributor to this is a mould release

Barbara Kanegsberg, a.k.a. "The Cleaning Lady," sees the trade show exhibition as a valuable venue to learn while you teach.

The popularity of metal injection moulding (MIM) in the UK has never matched that of the US or Germany – until now. A new company, Beckett MIM, is developi

How thermoplastic composites are offering a potential solution to the challenges of reaching deep water oil and gas reserves.

The May/June issue of Reinforced Plastics magazine can be downloaded here.

Reinforced Plastics spoke to Robert Puyenbroek, Global R&D Director at DSM Composite Resins, about the business' innovation strategy.

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