High-Performance Composites

MAR 2013

High-Performance Composites is read by qualified composites industry professionals in the fields of continuous carbon fiber and other high-performance composites as well as the associated end-markets of aerospace, military, and automotive.

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table of contents FEATuRES COLuMNS 32 JEC Europe and SAMPE Europe 2013 Preview record attendance expected at world's largest annual gathering of composites industry professionals. 38 Class A CFRP Body Panels: Six-Minute Cure Gurit cBS-based laminate/process combo makes parts with twice the thermal performance in one-sixth the time. 5 From the Editor 38 42 HPC's editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan marks the debut of the interactive compositesWorld Blog and invites readers to join the conversation. 6 Market Trends m&a adviser michael Del Pero charts the likely course of m&a activities in the composites industry during 2013. 11 Testing Tech Dr. Donald F. adams takes look at flexural testing and promises re-commendations, next time, for a unified standard. By Peggy malnati 42 Faster Cycle, Better Surface: Out of the Autoclave 34 Work in Progress HPC's technical editor Sara Black reports on a press molding technique that mimics autoclave consolidation without the high cost. Gm is the first automaker to use class a cFrP parts from new pressure press technology. By Peggy malnati 46 Market Outlook: Surplus in Carbon Fiber's Future? Participants at cW's carbon Fiber 2012 conference see one coming as early as 2016. By Jeff Sloan DEPARTMENTS 46 15 53 54 55 60 61 61 News Calendar Applications New Products Marketplace Ad Index Showcase March volume: twenty-one number: two 2013 FOCuS ON DESIgN ON ThE COVER 62 Space Mission Maximized Via Minimized Survivability With the debut of its 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, General Motors Co. (Detroit, Mich.) became the world's first automaker to use Class A CFRP body panels produced via a new "pressure-press" technology invented by Plasan Carbon Composites (Bennington, Vt.). Built specifically to mold the Stingray's CFRP hood and roof, Plasan's plant in Walker, Mich., is equipped with five new "pressure presses" designed and built by Tacoma, Wash.-based Globe Machine Manufacturing Co. (see story on p. 42). cFrP design and manufacturing flexibility prove key in the development of the first spacecraft fuel tank that will disintegrate upon inevitable reentry to Earth's atmosphere, reducing risks to life and property on the ground. By Ginger Gardiner Source: General motors co./Photo: © General motors co. march 2013 | 1

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