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Composite FRP Being Used to Strengthen Existing Bridges

FiberCore Europe developed SUREbridge, a circular solution in which a composite fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) deck is placed on an existing concrete bridge. Crumbling, unsafe concrete bridges and viaducts handling heavier traffic is an on-going problem, and demolishing and rebuilding these structures is costly and very time-consuming and is not a sustainable solution. To solve the…

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Alfa Romeo Reintroduces the Giulia with Multiple Composite Components

Alfa Romeo’s 2020 Giulia GTA has an excellent weight-to-power ratio thanks to a total weight reduction of 220 pounds achieved by the adoption of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber for the driveshaft, hood, roof, front bumper and more. Alfa Romeo is celebrating its 110th anniversary by reintroducing its classic Giulia GTA, inspired by the 1965…

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Troubleshooting SMC Compression Molding | Composites Manufacturing Magazine

Troubleshooting of any type is best done using a systematic process that gathers information about the problem and aims at its resolution. Utilizing an organized approach and documenting what is learned is highly encouraged not only for resolving the current issue, but as reference to help in resolving future issues. If you have made good…

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A Team Approach to Employee Training

Collaboration is the key to developing effective workforce education programs in the composites industry. Davis Technical College in Utah began offering a composite materials technology program 15 years ago. The 900-hour program introduces students to basic composite materials, techniques and procedures, then progresses through advanced composite skills. The success of the program hinges on collaboration…

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Faster Speed, Greater Opportunity | Composites Manufacturing Magazine

Manufacturers have cut production time for thermoplastic composite parts, increasing interest in the aerospace and automotive communities. The 2010s were a transformative decade for composites as the industry’s focus shifted from production of small, non-structural parts made with woven fabrics to larger, structural parts made with unidirectional reinforcements. The impetus for change came from the…