Features

This section contains our latest feature articles. A selection of these articles is also published in Reinforced Plastics magazine and in the Reinforced Plastics weekly newsletter.

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Features Archive

Glass fibre reinforcement meets market needs Glass fibre reinforcement meets market needs

AGY has introduced new glass fibres to meet specific end-user requirements. These include one range designed to meet the challenging conditions found in the oil and gas industry, and one to strike a cost and performance balance for wind turbine blades.

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Uncertainty in the manufacturing of fibrous thermosetting composites: A review

This article, published in the Elsevier journal Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, discusses the need for incorporation of stochastic simulation schemes into the existing commercial simulation tools.

Composites patents watch: April 2014 Composites patents watch: April 2014

A round-up of some of the latest composites-related patents. This month's inventions include: the integration of solar cells in GRP boat hulls; FRP reinforcement elements for concrete; and poultry feather-reinforced thermoplastics.

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Directional alignment of carbon nanotubes in polymer matrices: Contemporary approaches and future advances Directional alignment of carbon nanotubes in polymer matrices: Contemporary approaches and future advances

This review, published in the Elsevier journal Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, presents the development of contemporary approaches in the directional alignment of CNTs in polymer matrices.

Composites flying high (Part 1) Composites flying high (Part 1)

The use of composites in civil and military aircraft continues to increase. Freelance journalist George Marsh summarises where the use of reinforced plastics has reached in a number of high profile developments at manufacturers around the world.

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The heating of polymer composites by electromagnetic induction – A review The heating of polymer composites by electromagnetic induction – A review

This paper, published in the Elsevier journal Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, aims to summarise the principles of induction heating with respect to polymer composites processing and discuss some possible future developments.

Why carbon fibre? Why carbon fibre?

Zachie De Beer discusses why carbon fibre is chosen over other high-performance fibres in a selection of advanced composite applications.