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Reinforced Plastics features, January 2012

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Wind: Getting O&M under control

Part 6. Gail Rajgor looks at the importance of adopting a proactive O&M strategy in boosting the bottom line.

Infrastructure innovations: Part 2

FRP infrastructure applications are global and growing, but there’s more to innovation than commercialising new components. Reinforced Plastics talks with

A review of recent literature shows that composites composed of natural fibres and/or bio-polymers have good potential for future infrastructure applicatio

Space launch company SpaceX used Fibersim composites engineering software to reduce the time needed to design and manufacture composite parts for its Drago

GRP, CFRP, bio and nano – stem to stern, composites bring durability, weight reduction, and cleaner, greener cost-effective material and process options to

After unsaturated polyester resins, epoxies are the most widely-used thermosetting resins used in reinforced plastics. Because of their superior properties

Philippe Michaud of Huntsman Advanced Materials discusses how high performance composites technologies are a key enabler across a number of market sectors.

FRP infrastructure applications are global and growing, but there’s more to innovation than commercialising new components. Reinforced Plastics talks with

Turkey is investing in its wind energy industry to decrease dependency on imported energy and the government is encouraging domestic wind turbine blade man

The Australian designed and built FR-1 has become a reality after nine years and over A$1 million invested to produce this hand-built , one-off, high perfo

We report on how the increasing use of composites in commercial aircraft is creating questions about the best way to repair these materials.

Water systems around the world are under increasing pressure due to demands from continued industrialisation and urbanisation; growing populations; and inc

America's wind industry is simultaneously on course for a record-breaking year of installations and on the brink of catastrophe – and a lot has to do with

At the JEC Europe 2012 trade show in Paris in March, Momentive Specialty Chemicals introduced a new epoxy system for the mass production of carbon fibre au

The UK has seen announcements worth £4.7 billion into renewables, supporting 15,000, in the period April 2011 to February 2012, and more is underway.

AkzoNobel and DSM Composite Resins are introducing BluCure™ cobalt-free curing technology for unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins. With the use of

At JEC Europe 2012, AGY launched a ‘re-energised’ organisation and announced a deal under which CTG/Taishan Fiberglass of China will manufacture AGY’s new

Thermosetting resins are the most widely used resins in composites. Here we introduce their characteristics and properties.

Automotive OEMs facing the challenge of stricter government-mandated fuel efficiency targets are looking for new ways to shave weight from their vehicles t

America's wind industry is simultaneously on course for a record-breaking year of installations and on the brink of catastrophe – and a lot has to do with

Composites have long been used in the construction industry for moulds, interior architecture and exterior cladding of buildings, but where are the other o

The new-generation of wind turbines that will operate offshore require very large rotors. George Marsh looks at a different approach to blade design from B

This year’s JEC exhibition takes place on 27-29 March in Paris. In this preview Reinforced Plastics takes a look at some of the developments on display.

Samantha Bell, Global Marketing Manager, Composites Specialities, Scott Bader Company Ltd, discusses how two companies have realised benefits by using Scot

The new-generation of wind turbines that will operate offshore require very large rotors. George Marsh takes a look at the Vestas approach.

With a new generation of sophisticated wind turbines targeting inhospitable offshore regimes comes the need for better day to day testing of components. Ja

The world wind turbine market is set for continued growth, with the Global Wind Energy Council forecasting up to 1 TW installed by 2020 in its most optimis

The wind energy industry is one of the fastest-growing consumers of fibre reinforced plastics in the world. Production challenges are compounded as the sca

Reinforced Plastics asked Onur Tokgoz, Wind Energy Global Business Leader at 3B-the fibreglass company, about the company’s activities in the wind energy m

Wind devices date all the way back to vertical axis wind mills from the Persian-Afghanistan borders around 200 BC, to today’s efforts to develop 10 MW wind

The continued evolution of composites materials means than boat building today is very different from the way it was in its infancy three decades ago. We v

A review of the Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture conference organised by AMI in Germany last month.

Investment banker Michael Del Pero and composites industry veteran Steve Speak offer their business perspective for the future of the advanced composites s

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