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Florida Community Protected from Future Storms

During Hurricane Matthew in 2016, sections of state Route A1A in Flagler Beach, Fla., – a key highway and hurricane evacuation route – collapsed. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently installed a 5,000-foot-long GFRP-reinforced concrete seawall to protect the state highway from future storm surges. GFRP beat out traditional steel rebar based on life-cycle…

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Design Considerations for Composite Hydraulic Structures

Over the past 15 to 20 years, hydraulic structures using FRP composites have been designed, manufactured and installed in several countries, including the United States, the Netherlands, Spain, China, the United Kingdom and France. Many of the original waterway navigational structures around the world have far exceeded their original design life – some to the…

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Army Developed Multi-Filament Polymer for 3D Printing in the Field

The Army Research Lab at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland developed a new type of multi-polymer filament for desktop 3-D printers, saving money and facilitating fast printing of critical parts at deployed locations. Historically, the Army has run into trouble with parts produced with affordable desktop 3D printers in the field. Parts created with fused filament…

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Innovative Carbon Fiber Prepreg Transforms Ultralight Aircraft Design

Flight Design, a German ultralight aircraft company, selected Hexcel’s HexPly® M79 low-temperature curing prepreg for aircraft production, transforming the manufacturing process. Flight Design has been manufacturing light sport aircraft since 1996, relying on composite materials and using vacuum consolidated wet laminated carbon fiber structures to keep the aircraft lightweight and strong. More recently, Flight Design…

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Innovative Spacesuit Prototype Uses Composites to Help Detect Damage

Teijin Aramid’s Twaron® is being used by the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) to develop a prototype spacesuit layer with a damage-detection system. The space industry must deal with the dangers inherent from debris in space damaging spacesuits. Not only do astronauts need to be protected from damage to the spacesuits, but they also need…

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Composites Strengthen Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Prototype

The U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) has entered the prototype phase with Sikorsky’s RAIDER X, based on the S-97 RAIDER that features a composites fuselage. The U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) will fly into demanding and contested environments, so it must be tough and fast with exceptional vertical lift, one of…

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Emergency Medical Shelters Built of Composite Materials are Strong and Quickly Assembled

To meet the urgent need to medical shelters caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Core Composites is developing its rapidly deployable Tupelo Flat emergency shelter solution, normally used by U.S. Military Command field hospitals. Core Composites is working in partnership with ADS, an operations and logistics provider, to rapidly ready its Tupelo Flat Pack Shelter for…