Liz Nickels

Chemical superglue: Improving adhesion with molecules

Oxford Advanced Surfaces Limited (OAS), based in the UK, recently reached an important milestone: treating 1 million ft2 of composites with its ‘Onto’ surface technology, an adhesion promoter that...

UK composites down the line

A UK composite parts manufacturer has experienced a 50% growth over six months. Liz Nickels spoke to Rockwood Composites about what prompted the growth, and what the future brings. Rockwood...

Closing the circle with recycled carbon fiber

Prodrive Composites, based in Milton Keynes, UK, spreads itself wide. While it began making composite part for the motorsports industry, it has since expanded its capabilities into aerospace,...

Smooth sailing with recycled fibers

Marine applications offer special challenges to composite manufacturers, and the ante is only upped when recycled fibers are used. A UK company and boat team are working together to develop a more...

Composite Applications

When relining potable water networks becomes reality

A new relining process involving a styrene-free resin suitable for drinking water applications allowed engineers to renovate an old pipe in the middle of Amsterdam with minimal upheaval. Liz Nickels...

Memories of SpaceShipOne

Last July, as it flew past Pluto, NASA's space probe contained a small but significant piece of space history: a small carbon fiber piece of SpaceShipOne. Liz Nickels looks back at the groundbreaking...

Improving composites with ‘wonder material’

Graphene is a material made from a single layer of carbon atoms, first discovered during experiments by Professors Kostya Novoselov and Andrew Geim, who were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in...