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Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:23:18 +0000

 



What Is Polypropylene Used For?

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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?

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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...

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What Are Epoxy Resins?

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Uses Of Carbon Fiber

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What Are Prepregs?

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What Exactly Is a Polymer?

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



The Fascinating Story of Composite Plastic...

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Carbon Fiber Basics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What Are Plastics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What Is PVC Plastics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Most Common Plastics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



How Is Carbon Fiber Made?

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Applications of Carbon Fiber

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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.



Everyday Plastics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Uses of Fiberglass

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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.



Know the Basics of Polyester and Vinyl Ester

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



All You Wanted to Know about Fiberglass

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Understanding CFRP Composites

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Example of Composites

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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.



Composite Materials In Boats

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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.



8 Raw Carbon Fiber Manufacturers

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Guide To Carbon Fiber

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What Makes PET Plastics Advantageous over Other...

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What Is Carbon Fiber Cloth

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Learn All about the Recycling of Plastics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What Are Composite Surfboards Made Of?

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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.



Plastics In Children's Toys

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Introduction to FRP Composites

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Applications Of Pultrusion

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Composite Fabrics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Reusing Plastics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Composites In Aerospace

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



How To Carbon Fiber

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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.



Selecting Composite Materials

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Carbon Fiber Tubes

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Aramid Fibers

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Polyethylene Terephthalate

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Recycling Composite Materials

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



How You Can Paint Different Composite Materials

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Carbon Fiber in Sports

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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.



Composite Core Material

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Injection Molding

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Boeing's 787 Dreamliner

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Properties of FRP Composites

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Laminating Resins Used In Composites

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

Laminating resins are the foundation of composite material manufacturing. Learn about the various components that make laminating resins unique.



Compression Molding

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Thermal Properties of Composites

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What is EPS - Expanded Polystyrene

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



The Pultrusion Process

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What Is The 787 Dreamliner

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What Are PBT Plastics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) Plastic

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Dictionary of Composite Materials Technology

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

Introduction to the Composite Materials Glossary.



Advantages of Composite Materials

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



High Temperature Thermoplastics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Gel Coat Application

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Types Of Composite Reinforcement

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Polyurethane Foam

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

Polyurethane foam is widely used as a core material in composites, but it is also used in a wide range of other applications due to the versatile properties.



Sanding Composites

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Aramid Fiber - What Are Aramid Fibers

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Selecting a Prepreg

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What Is Corrugated Plastic

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



History of Carbon Fiber

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Gel Coat Variables

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Benefits of Composites

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

Learn about the features and benefits of composite material.



What is Open Molding

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

Open molding is a low cost and effective way to manufacture composites. Learn about the two most common methods of open molding, hand lay-up and spray-up.



Composites In Military

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Starting Resin Infusion

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

Using resin infusion to manufacture composites is not difficult. Learn about the basic components that will be needed to convert to the vacuum infusion process.



Continuous Fiber Thermoplastics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Vinyl Ester Barrier Coat

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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.



Introduction to Vacuum Infusion

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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Filament Winding - The Basics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What Are Carbon Nanotubes

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Prepreg Basics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Composite Decking

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

Composite decks are mainstream, and for good reason. Learn about the basics of composites decking.



Polyester Gel Coats

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

Polyester gel coats are composed of materials which allow for the manufacturing of high quality composite products. Learn what materials are used in gel coats, and why.



Evolution Of Wind Turbine Blades

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Plastic Extrusion

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

The plastic extrusion process creates products that we use daily. Learn more about extrusion of plastics.



Aftermarket Carbon Fiber

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

The carbon fiber weave is great looking, and provides value and appeal. But, not all carbon fiber is the real thing.



Fiberglass Bathtubs and Spas

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Carbon Fiber Plate

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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.



Composites In Transportation

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Fire Resistant Polymers

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Honeycomb Core

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is one of the commonly used plastics. It's wide acceptance in delivering clean drinking water, and removing dirty drinking water has made PVC plastic a useful polymer.



Composite Hockey Sticks

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



What Is Blow Molding

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

Blow molding is a process used in making hollow plastic parts. There are three main types of blow molding: injection, stretch and extrusion.



Bio-Plastics

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



FRP - Fiber Reinforced Polymers

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

: FRP (fiber reinforced polymer) is an acronym commonly used in the composite industry and it referees



Converting The Units of Measurements for...

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

Converting composite fabric weights to the same unit of measurement is important when comparing two materials. Learn the conversion of grams per square meter to ounces per square yard.



Carbon Fiber

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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.



Closed Mold Manufacturing

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



LRTM - Light Resin Transfer Molding

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

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



Composites In UAVs

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

Composites make UAVs possible. Learn what lightweight composite materials are used in Unmanned Areal Vehicles.



Structural Adhesives

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

structural adhesives, glue, bond, composites, aerospace



Halpin-Tsai Equations

2016-12-03T11:23:18Z

These equations are useful for the prediction of the ply properties of composite materials.