Monday, April 21, 2008

Boeing, Dreamliner, and Composites

Here is a good article on the use of advanced composites in Boeing's new Dreamliner. The unknowns in composite design and modeling show that nothing beats the guess and check method of composites design; where you start with a coupon sample of the composite. Test and destroy the sample. Build a small prototype, test and destroy. Working up to the life-size prototype which will be tested and destroyed for certification.

Great article from the Technology Review

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Latest Composite Manufacturing Issue Released

If you are not a subscriber to Composites Manufacturing Magazine, put together by the fine people at ACMA, you can still view the issue in full digitally. This months issue focuses on the marketing of composite products. It has features on the ACMA lobbying effort in process in Washignton, and goes in-depth into the pultrusion industry.

Click here to view the entire magazine.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Composite Material Blog: A Summary

In the day and age of high energy costs, the need to make life more efficient is mandatory. With a world dependent on automobiles, aircraft, and now windmill blades; weight savings is becoming a necessity, and and composites are leading the lightweight charge. This blog is dedicated to increasing the awareness of composites, the benefits, and their future.