• Full-scale engineering mock-up of next-gen American lunar lander unveiledFull-scale engineering mock-up of next-gen American lunar lander unveiled
    A full-sized mock-up of the lander that may one day put the next US astronauts on the Moon was unveiled today in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Built by the Human Landing System (HLS) National Team consisting of Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper, the HLS engineering mock-up will be used to help astronauts and NASA engineers to provide feedback on the final design.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: NASA, Moon, artemis, Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, New Atlas Audio Read more »
  • Augmented reality system facilitates FRP component preformingAugmented reality system facilitates FRP component preforming
    Source | Fraunhofer Institute IPT To support the manual deposition process of semi-finished fiber-reinforced materials, or preforming, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT (Aachen, Germany), research partner with AZL Aachen, GmbH (Aachen, Germany), has reportedly developed intuitive software for commercially available augmented reality glasses. According to the institute, the system specifies the correct deposition of semi-finished materials as a virtual representation on the mold, enabling improvement of the quality and performance of composite production processes. Compared to information on the position and orientation of the fiber layers provided by plybooks or laser-based support systems applied in larger industries, IPT notes that its augmented reality software uses smart glasses to make the exact alignment and positioning of the materials directly visible on the component. IPT says the cutting of the semi-finished materials is also supported by projection of target contours. Step-by-step instructions guide the worker through the preforming process and, if required, document the work for quality assurance purposes. Overall, IPT considers it a much more flexible and cost-effective system than conventional procedures — the acquisition of the system costing less than a tenth of the laser projection systems —  is fully scalable, making it suitable for the serial product… Read more »
  • Diamond Aircraft introduces an all-carbon fiber DA50 RG aircraftDiamond Aircraft introduces an all-carbon fiber DA50 RG aircraft
    Above depicts the DA50 RG painted in the winner design of Diamond Aircraft’s Exterior Design Competition from Kirk Smith, Digital Artist and winner of the DA50 Exterior Design Competition. Source | Diamond Aircraft Diamond Aircraft (Wiener Neustadt, Austria) reported on June 24 that it is offering its all-carbon fiber DA50 RG aircraft to the market. Partnered with Continental Aerospace Technologies (Mobile, Alab., U.S.), the company says its spacious cabins, retractable gear and 300 horsepower Continental CD-300 jet fuel engine redefines expectations for single-piston aircraft in terms of space, luxury, efficiency and comfort. According to Diamond Aircraft, the DA50 RG offers an all-carbon composite airframe and passive safety technology for high performance and occupation protection. The company also reports several features for optimal flight performance, including hinged double-slotted flaps for high lift, slow-speed behavior and drag reduction features. Further, CEO of Diamond Aircraft Austria, Liqun Zhang, notes that operating the aircraft’s Jet-A engine reduces emissions compared to low-leaded aviation fuels, and that the DA50 RG is a low-cost alternative for charter operators, and an option for private pilots requiring more seats and space. The company notes internal features as well, including the aircraft’s Garmin G1000 NXi flight deck with a standard 3-axis… Read more »
  • First Siempelkamp SMC press system for U.S. customer acceptedFirst Siempelkamp SMC press system for U.S. customer accepted
    Source | Siempelkamp International technology supplier Siempelkamp (Krefeld, Germany), announced on June 26 that its first order placed in April 2019 by a U.S. customer for an sheet molding compound (SMC) press system was accepted and is now in operation. The project’s customer satisfaction represents an important milestone for Siempelkamp, following its three acceptance tests in Russia and Poland. According to Siempelkamp, the SMC press, which has a press force of 1,200 U.S. tons, was completely assembled and commissioned in Krefeld, Germany, to make the actual commissioning process at the customer's site more efficient. Shipment in a few defined pre-assembly units, including frame packages, hydraulic platform, press table and ram, switchgear cabinets and peripherals, also ensured an optimum, streamlined process flow. In four weeks, the Siempelkamp teams from the machinery and plants business unit and the machine factory carried out the assembly and commissioning at the customer's site. Siempelkamp says the deployment of its own assembly personnel also contributed to the project’s smooth-running operations.   Siempelkamp says its composites team is proud of this project, especially since the project will represent a special milestone for the U.S. customer in 2019. "These projects confirm the trust that is placed in our composites expertise… Read more »
  • Saertex supports HyFiVE research project for maritime lightweight constructionSaertex supports HyFiVE research project for maritime lightweight construction
    Source | Saertex Saertex (Saerbeck, Germany), a global manufacturer of textile reinforcing materials for lightweight construction, including glass, carbon and aramid fibers, reported on July 1 that it is supporting the BMWi-funded HyFiVE research project and will now focus on hybrid joining technology for maritime use. With Saertex’s support, the project now has five industrial companies and three scientific institutes involved in its development and evaluation of new technologies. According to Saertex, lightweight construction, as a key technology for sustainable transportation solutions, is difficult to establish in shipbuilding due to inadequate joining technologies between composite materials and steel. Another complicating factor, the company notes, are the high fire protection requirements and the lack of standards for the use of composite materials for ships at sea. These challenges prompted the HyFiVE research project to bring together relevant companies and institutes to evaluate efficient adhesive-free joining technologies for different applications in shipbuilding, as well as novel processes and methods, all of which will be verified using demonstrators and fire tests. The project’s aim is to meet the time and cost requirements of shipbuilding production and to strengthen the competitiveness of the industry. In addition to administrative management, Saertex says it will support… Read more »
  • Mitsubishi Chemical plans to acquire European carbon fiber recycling companiesMitsubishi Chemical plans to acquire European carbon fiber recycling companies
      CFK CarboNXT recycled carbon fiber nonwoven fabric and sample parts. Source | Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.   Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan) announced on July 30 that it has decided to acquire two carbon fiber recycling companies, CFK Valley Stade Recycling GmbH & Co. KG (Wischhafen, Germany) and carboNXT GmbH (Wischhafen, Germany), through its subsidiary Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials AG (MCAM, Zurich, Switzerland), as a part of the company’s efforts to promote the circular economy. MCC notes the acquisition is not a stocks acquisition —rather, the two companies’ manufacturing equipment, intellectual property and other assets will be transferred to MCC along with trade rights and all other rights and obligations. The acquisition is said to be slated for completion around early August. Based on the Mitsubishi Chemical Holding Group’s medium- to long-term basic management strategy KAITEKI Vision 30 — denoting “the sustainable well-being of people, society and our planet Earth” — MCC views the circular economy as a key element toward this sustainability goal. In-house product recycling, says MCC, is an important initiative within this strategy. Accordingly, CFK is said to have its own network to collect leftover materials generated during the molding of intermediate materials such as carbon… Read more »
  • GKN Aerospace Sweden joins feasibility studies for future fighter engine technologyGKN Aerospace Sweden joins feasibility studies for future fighter engine technology
    GKN Aerospace generic engine design. Source | GKN Aerospace On July 22 at the Farnborough International Airshow Connect (FIA Connect) virtual program, GKN Aerospace (Redditch, U.K.) announced its participation in feasibility studies on the technological development for future combat air systems and next-generation fighter jet engines with partner industries in Italy and the U.K. GKN Aerospace and Swedish aerospace and defense company, Svenska Aeroplan AB (Saab AB), are the two companies in Sweden that are part of the cooperation. GKN Aerospace says air combat capabilities are designated by Sweden as a national security interest. Through a joint technology development, the Swedish aviation industry will be able to build and sustain their development of competencies and capabilities in a cost-effective way. GKN Aerospace says it was contracted in the first quarter of 2020 by FMV to conduct a study in collaboration with Rolls Royce (London, U.K.) on the technological development of the future fighter engine. According to GKN Aerospace, future fighter jets are expected to impose completely new demands on the engine, thus the necessity for a substantial technological leap in their engines. It is said that they will not only have to meet increased propulsion needs, but also supply increasingly… Read more »
  • TFP highlights basalt veil and intumescent fire protection materialsTFP highlights basalt veil and intumescent fire protection materials
    Technofire lightweight intumescent fire protection materials. Source | TFP Technical Fibre Products (TFP; Burneside, U.K) is featuring its lightweight basalt veil designed for high-temperature performance in composites, and highlighting new developments with its range of TECNOFIRE fire protection materials. Part of TFP’s Optiveil range, the basalt veil is said to have been developed as a more temperature-stable alternative to TFP’s standard E & ECR glass veils. TFP says the veil is stable up to 850°C, and retains its integrity when in contact with an open flame, making it suitable for applications requiring a fire barrier. Basalt, like glass, also has a high resistance to acid and alkali, which makes it ideal for use in corrosive environments. The material also offers the uniformity and surface quality synonymous with TFP’s OPTIVEIL and OPTIMAT ranges, which include carbon, glass, metal-coated, aramid, recycled carbon and thermoplastic nonwovens. The company said this quality of dispersion makes the materials suitable for a wide range of composite applications including surface finish, improving resin flow, adhesive carriers and imparting functionality where required.  TFP additionally highlights its TECNOFIRE range of lightweight intumescent fire protection materials. The materials are said to work by expanding up to 35 times their original thickness when exposed to heat, protecting the underlying structure from heat energy. The range… Read more »
  • United States Air Force Flight Demonstration Teams “Vaporize” Ocean City Air ShowUnited States Air Force Flight Demonstration Teams “Vaporize” Ocean City Air Show
    The “OC Air Show” was a stunning success for those starved of air show entertainment. It was also the first timefour Air Force demonstration teams took part in the same show Taking place over the [...] Read more »
  • Graphene-based textile cools in the heat and warms in the coldGraphene-based textile cools in the heat and warms in the cold
    Scientists at the University of Manchester have developed a new type of smart textile that could make its way into adaptive clothing that keeps the wearer cool in warm weather, and vice versa. The material achieves this through the use of graphene which can be tuned to alter the thermal radiation of the textile, with the team imagining the technology could also find its way into advanced displays and even spacesuits.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: University of Manchester, Graphene, Thermal, Infrared, New Atlas Audio Read more »
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