Composites

Walmart Shows Off the Truck of the Future

When you’re as big as Walmart, you can throw a lot of resources into just about whatever endeavor you want, including developing a next-generation big rig to help reduce the carbon footprint of your massive truck fleet. Continue reading

Award Winning Composite Technologies

Kudos go out to Ticona and Innegra Technologies, which have both been honored for their work in the composites sector.

Engineers at Ticona Engineering Polymers have outlined an analysis process that can improve the accuracy of simulation results for glass fiber reinforced thermoplastics. Continue reading

Carbon Fiber Covers $4.6 Million Lamborghini

Automobili Lamborghini is celebrating its 50th anniversary in style with the debut of its new supercar, the Veneno, which is the fastest and rarest car the company has ever released.

Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the car can reach speeds of 220 miles per hour, sports a 12-cylinder, 6.5-litre engine, and a 7-speed ISR transmission. It can go from 0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds. Continue reading

Electronic ‘Nose’ Made From Conductive Composites

UK-based Peratech has developed an “electronic nose” using sensors made from special composite material that can detect the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The ultra-thin, low-power sensors could potentially be integrated with mobile phones or even into protective clothing. Continue reading

Electric Race Car Built from Recycled Composites

We’ll soon see the debut of a “green” race car built from composites and running on an all-electric engine.

Drayson Racing Technologies and The Lola Group designed the electric car, which they plan to enter into competition next year. The companies built a prototype all-electric racing car, the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV, using flax reinforced composites and recycled composites.

The Lola-Drayson car will compete in the FIA Formula E World Championship Series for electric vehicles in 2013. Continue reading

 

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