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Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:18:54 +0000

 



What Is Polypropylene Used For?

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What is polypropylene? The versatile plastic polypropylene is used throughout our daily life, and has become a common piece for packaging and plastic products.



What Is a Composite?

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When two materials are combined to make a stronger material, a composite is made. Learn what makes composite materials unique, strong, and lightweight.



PP Plastics

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Polypropylene is a versatile plastic used in many places in our life. Learn about this plastic and the myriad of uses.



The Difference Between Thermoplastic and...

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Thermoset vs thermoplastic composites, what is the difference? Both have advantages and there is demand for both thermoplastic and thermoset composites.



Uses Of Carbon Fiber

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Carbon fiber is used because of it's high strength and light weight properties. Learn which industries have adopted this unique material.



What Exactly Is a Polymer?

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What is a polymer. Discover the basics of polymers and what makes them so useful See examples of polymers and their common uses.



What Are Plastics

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Plastics are everywhere, but what are plastics? Learn the basics of this polymer material that has taken over our life.



The Fascinating Story of Composite Plastic...

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

A survey of the history of composite materials. Find out when the first composite was used, and how composites have changed through the years.



What Are Epoxy Resins?

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Epoxy resins are advanced thermosetting resins used in FRP composites. Learn the basics of this resin, the chemistry, and the uses of epoxy.



Carbon Fiber Basics

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Carbon fiber is an amazing material. Learn the history of carbon fiber, and understand why this composite material is stronger then steel.



What Are Prepregs?

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Prepregs are pre-impregnated fiber reinforcements or cloths that are used to manufacture composites. Learn the basics of prepregs here.



Most Common Plastics

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We touch plastic polymers all day long, but chances are you are touching one of these five most common plastics.



Know the Basics of Polyester and Vinyl Ester

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Polyester and vinyl ester resins are the two most common resins used in FRP composites. Learn why these resins work so well.



How Is Carbon Fiber Made?

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Carbon fiber, perhaps the most useful material of out time, is manufactured through precise processes. Lear how carbon fiber is made.



Understanding CFRP Composites

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Carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP composites) are lightweight yet strong materials. Learn what make these space age materials so useful and desirable.



Everyday Plastics

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Learn about the plastics we used day in and day out. What are the most common types of plastics we use.



Vinyl Ester vs Polyester Resins

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Both resins have distinct advantages over the other. Find out the differences between vinyl ester and polyester resins.



What Is PVC Plastics

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PVC plastics are the third most commonly used types of plastic polymers used. Learn about the properties of PVC polyvinyl chloride plastics.



All You Wanted to Know about Fiberglass

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Fiberglass is a strong and lightweight reinforcement used in composites. Learn about the history of fiberglass and how it is manufactured.



Applications of Carbon Fiber

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Carbon fiber has properties that make it desirable in many applications. Learn about what products have adopted this lightweight and durable material.



Uses Of Plastics

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

The uses and importance of plastic materials in our everyday lives is incredible. Most of use touch a form of plastic at any given time, on any given day.



Learn All about the Recycling of Plastics

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Plastic recycling can reduce the consumption of other natural resources like timber, due to its use in making composite lumber and many other products.



Introduction to FRP Composites

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Fiber Reinforced Polymer(FRP Composites) is an extremely useful material used in a wide range of industries and applications. Learn which industries are using FRP composites



What Makes PET Plastics Advantageous over Other...

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What are PET plastics? Learn about the plastic used in water and soda bottles, and how PET plastic is recycled.



Example of Composites

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There are numerous examples of composites, many of which can be seen around the house. Learn about what every day products are manufactured with FRP composites.



Uses of Fiberglass

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Fiberglass reinforced polymers are the original composite materials. They remain the back-bone of the composites industry. Learn about glass fiber and what products are made with this composite.



What Are Composite Surfboards Made Of?

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The composite surfboard combines advanced materials to make the ultimate board. Learn about the key materials of a composite surfboard, and the future of board design.



What Is Carbon Fiber Cloth

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Learn about carbon fiber cloth. Discover the terms used in carbon fiber manufacturing such as, 3k plain weave carbon, and 282 carbon fiber.



8 Raw Carbon Fiber Manufacturers

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Learn about the various companies around the world that manufacture raw carbon fiber used in lightweight composite products.



Reusing Plastics

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Learn how plastic polymers can be reused and transformed into new products.



Composite Materials In Boats

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Some form of composites have been used in boats since man first ventured into the sea. But modern FRP composite materials in boats is still relatively new.



Guide To Carbon Fiber

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Carbon fiber is a lightweight fiber used in advanced composites. Learn about what makes this material so unique and important.



Plastics In Children's Toys

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Not all plastics are equal, especial when used in children's toys. Learn about the uses of the various plastics and chemicals in toys.



Composite Fabrics

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Structural fibers like carbon fiber are manufactured into cloths and fabrics that are then used in composite manufacturing.



How To Carbon Fiber

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Discover how to carbon fiber, the guide for learning the various aspects of carbon fiber composites and how to work with the lightweight composite material know as carbon fiber.



Composites In Aerospace

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Composite materials received their start from advancements in the aerospace industry.



Selecting Composite Materials

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Fiber reinforced composites are common, but do you know how to select the different types of fiber and resin used?



Applications Of Pultrusion

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Pultrusion is the manufacturing method of choice of a number of industries. Understand why pultruded parts dominate various products.



Polyethylene Terephthalate

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Polyethylene Terephthalate, better known as PET, is perhaps the most common and widely used plastic today. Learn about this durable plastic known as PET.



Boeing's 787 Dreamliner

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Composite materials and carbon fiber make the Dreamliner the most advanced passenger plane to date.



Carbon Fiber in Sports

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

If one wants to be the best in sports, then chances are they need to use carbon fiber. Be it in the sole of running shoes or used in the shaft of an arrow, carbon fiber dominates the sporting goods world.



Compression Molding

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Compression molding is an extremely efficient method of mass producing plastic and composite products. Learn more about compression molding.



Recycling Composite Materials

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Recycling of composite materials is a new and growing segment of the composites industry, which is needed for and end of life solution.



Carbon Fiber Tubes

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Carbon fiber tubes are extremely strong and stiff, yet very lightweight. Discover how they are manufactured and their applications.



Properties of FRP Composites

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

FRP composites have unique mechanical properties which provide benefits. Learn about the properties of fiber reinforced polymers.



Learn About Monomers and Polymers

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What Are PBT Plastics

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

PBT plastics are a versatile engineered plastic polymer with uses in a wide variety of application and industries. Learn more about PBT plastics.



Thermal Properties of Composites

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At a certain temperature, FRP composites will soften and lose their structure. This point is called the Glass Transition Temperature, or Tg.



How You Can Paint Different Composite Materials

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How to paint composites and fiberglass. Learn the steps in prepping and finishing a composite material with paint.



Injection Molding

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Injection molding is one of the most low cost manufacturing methods of plastic. Understand the other benefits and history of injection molding.



Composite Core Material

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Core materials are used in composites to provide strength and stiffness without adding much additional weight. Learn about the most common composite core materials.



Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) Plastic

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

PBT plastic is a useful and common polymer commonly used in children's toys.



Aramid Fibers

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Aramid fiber is one of the most useful fibers used in textiles and fiber reinforced composites. The properties of aramid fibers are amazing.



Advantages of Composite Materials

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Composite materials are commonly used because their properties create significant advantages in the products that are manufactured from them.



History of Carbon Fiber

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Developed for defense applications, carbon fiber composites are being used in a wide range of applications.



Carbon Fiber Plate

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Once high tech, and now common, carbon fiber plate is readily available for use in many applications. Learn about how carbon fiber plate is made.



High Temperature Thermoplastics

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

High temperature thermoplastics are gaining popularity due to their increase toughness and durability.



What Is The 787 Dreamliner

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The new 787 Dreamliner will be the most advanced commercial airplane ever, and it is composite materials that make it possible. Learn why.



The Pultrusion Process

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

The pultrusion process is a method of manufacturing low cost fiber reinforced composites. Learn about pultrusion and the benefits.



Selecting a Prepreg

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

There are many different prepreg types to select from. Decide what type of resin and fiber to use in your prepreg composite.



What is EPS - Expanded Polystyrene

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Expanded polystyrene, commonly known as EPS, is a lightweight foam with extremely good mechinical



Dictionary of Composite Materials Technology

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Introduction to the Composite Materials Glossary.









Aramid Fiber - What Are Aramid Fibers

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Aramid fibers are a lightweight high strength reinforcement used in fiber reinforced composite applications. Learn more about aramid fibers here.



Types Of Composite Reinforcement

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FRP composites receive their strength from the reinforcement. These reinforcements can vary by material (carbon fiber / fiberglass) or vary by style (woven / stitched).



Benefits of Composites

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Learn about the features and benefits of composite material.



Evolution Of Wind Turbine Blades

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As the trend for larger wind turbine blades continues, new materials and manufacturing technology will be required to meet this demand.



Introduction to Vacuum Infusion

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What Is Corrugated Plastic

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Corrugated plastic is an inexpensive building that is incredibly useful. Learn more about corrugated plastic.



Gel Coat Application

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Gel coat application is a science. Learn the proper methods to apply gel coat in composite manufacturing.






Prepreg Basics

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Prepregs are used in composite manufacturing that requires precision, engineered accuracy, and cosmetic perfection.



Fire Resistant Polymers

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Fire resistant polymers are used to keep us safe in transportation and buildings.



Bio-Plastics

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Bio-based plastics are becoming more popular, and are considered sustainable products.



Composites In Transportation

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Composites are the material of choice in modern transportation due to their lightweight and high-strength properties.



LRTM - Light Resin Transfer Molding

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

LTRM is the abbreviation for the composite manufacturing process known as Light Resin Transfer Molding.



What Are Carbon Nanotubes

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Carbon nanotube have promise for breakthrough applications. But, what are carbon nanotubes, or CNTs for short?






Fiberglass Bathtubs and Spas

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Fiberglass is the material of choice in bathtubs and spas, and for good reason.



Composite Hockey Sticks

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Carbon fiber composites are the material of choice for hockey. Learn why this sport is turning to advanced composite materials.



Sanding Composites

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

How to sand composites. Learn the correct methods and what the proper materials are to be used when sanding composites.



Continuous Fiber Thermoplastics

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Thermoplastic resin reinforced with fiber are on the rise as high performance applications require unique the properties of thermoplastics.



Vinyl Ester Barrier Coat

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Vinyl ester barrier coats are used to back up a gel coat and are used to improve properties and increase cosmetic appearance. Learn about VE barrier coats and their application.









Composites In Military

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Composite materials continue to revolutionize military applications as their properties make for better equipment and armor.



Filament Winding - The Basics

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Filament winding is a unique composite manufacturing process. Learn about the filament winding process, common products made, and the key advantages.



Carbon Fiber

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Carbon fiber is an extremely strong yet very lightweight reinforcing fiber used in composite products. It is often used in high-end sporting goods, aerospace, and military applications.



Honeycomb Core

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Honeycomb core material is commonly used in composites. It's lightweight and high stiffness offers unique properties desirable in many composite applications.



What Are FR Resins

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Fire Resistant (FR) resin and polymers are playing a critical roll in industries regulating fire, smoke, and toxicity.






Gel Coat Variables

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Gel coat application is no easy task. The many variables that can effect a gel coat make the process extremely difficult.



See How To Convert Ounces To Grams

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Composites Design Manual Book Review

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

A review of the book Composites Design Manual by James Quinn.



Closed Mold Manufacturing

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Closed mold manufacturing, for more efficient composite manufacturing. Learn the three common types of closed molding, and their advantages.



Hardness Of FRP Composites

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

The hardness of an FRP composite is an important characteristic of the laminate, measured by a device called an Impressor.






Entropy Bio-Based Resins

2017-01-16T11:18:54Z

Entropy Resins is a manufacturer of bio-based epoxy resins that are truly environmentally friendly. Learn more about their products and company with a question and answer session with their founders.