Category — Composite Industry News

Solar Impulse Crossing the Continent on Sunshine

Solar Impulse, the company behind first aircraft that can fly day and night with only solar energy, has set a team out on a journey to cross the American continent.

May 22, 2013   1 Comment

Carbon Fiber Mfg. Lab Opens at Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge National Laboratory pull quoteThe future of commercial carbon fiber may lie in the mountains of Tennessee. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the nation’s top federal science research institutions, opened up a new carbon fiber manufacturing research facility this week to find a way to make the advanced material more cost-effective for commercial industries.

March 28, 2013   No Comments

BMW i3 Brings Carbon Fiber to Consumer Vehicles

BMW i3 Consumer Car
The BMW i3 city car, to premiere at the Geneva Auto Show in May, will introduce carbon fiber into the consumer vehicle market. Unofficially, it may start the next stage of the consumer-grade composite arms race.

The international market for carbon fiber, often associated with high costs and scarcity, is expected to grow rapidly as popular vehicle manufacturers look for ways to decrease vehicle weight to meet government standards — vehicle fleets in the US must average 54.5 mpg by 2025 — and consumer desires. Once available only in special luxury or racing models, carbon fiber is finally entering the consumer market.

March 14, 2013   2 Comments

Corvette 2014 Redesign Reinforced by Carbon Fiber

2014 carbon fiber Corvette Stingray by ChevroletChevrolet reinforced carbon fiber’s place in American car history with the preview of the Corvette 2014 redesign at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The carbon fiber Corvette, with composite hood, roof, doors, underbody panels and other components standard, shed about 100 pounds.

January 28, 2013   No Comments

US Debuts Carbon Fiber Bobsled Designed by BMW

Carbon Fiber BobsledThe US Men’s Two-man Bobsled Team tested its new carbon fiber sled designed by BMW in FIBT competition Jan. 19 in Igls, Austria, and piloted the prototype to a 14th-place finish.

“Sometimes you have to take a big risk to prepare for the future,” Holcomb said. “I wanted to race it, because we only get six training runs in St. Moritz. I wanted the extra runs in the sled, because it’ll take a little time to figure it out. I don’t know any sled project that comes out of the box and wins, so we knew we might have to lose before we can win.”

January 25, 2013   No Comments

More Airlines Switching to Thinner Carbon Fiber Seats

Carbon Fiber Airline Seats

New, lighter and thinner airline seats made with carbon fiber allow airlines to squeeze more people onto flights. Several airlines have been retrofitting their cabins with these carbon fiber seats. Since these seats are thinner and lighter, there is more room for additional seating. The trend of thinner, lighter seats is spreading to smaller aircraft as well. With a weight savings of up to 20 lbs per seat, small airlines like Allegiant are ditching aircraft galleys and the old, heavy seats in favor of these ultra-slim-line seats. An older aircraft that previously carried 150 passengers can now carry 166.

November 15, 2012   3 Comments

The World’s Largest Wind Turbine Blade

Siemens Blade Mold

Siemens has produced the first batch of its new 75 meter long B75 rotor blades. They will be installed on the second prototype of Siemens’ 6-MW offshore wind turbine, which will be erected in the second half of the year in Denmark’s Østerild Test Station. The 75 meter long B75 Quantum Blade demonstrates tremendous strength at a low weight and, thanks to its unique airfoils, offers superior performance at a wide range of wind speeds.

August 14, 2012   1 Comment

Double Amputee To Race At Olympics

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius, or “Blade Runner” as he’s affectionately called, a double-amputee sprinter, will run for South Africa at the London Olympics.

Pistorius was born missing the fibula in both legs. Before his first birthday, his legs were amputated just below the knee. The 25-year-old athlete will run in the 400 and the 4×400 relay, becoming the first amputee runner to compete in the Olympics.

Pistorius’ entry into the London Olympics has not been without controversy. There is a debate on whether the carbon fiber blades on which Pistorius runs give him an unfair advantage. Pistorius will be running on Cheetah Flex-Foot blades.

July 16, 2012   No Comments