In which Coventive explains various aspects of composite materials...
20th September 2019 Joe Carruthers
The “short beam shear” test is a relatively quick, easy and inexpensive test to perform. This is due to the simplicity of its test fixtures and samples. It is typically used to compare or benchmark the performance of different materials for R&D or quality control purpose.
3rd September 2019 Tala Abbasian
When deciding upon the right reinforcement material to use in a new composite component, it can be tempting to focus solely on the fibre type (i.e. glass, carbon, natural fibre etc.). However, the way in which the reinforcement fibres are arranged – the fibre format – can have at least the same impact on the final component properties as the type of fibres chosen.
31st May 2019 Chris Hare
The primary driving force behind the emergence of thermoplastic composites into the mainstream is the automotive industry. And the things that drive the automotive industry are weight saving and low cost, so how do thermoplastic composites meet the challenge?
4th April 2019 Ben Hargreaves
GRP covers are widely used throughout the water-treatment industry due to their combination of mechanical performance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance and low weight.
18th March 2019 Romilly Close
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is the numerical modelling of structures by breaking them down into a discrete number of ‘elements’. Elements share nodes and at these nodes physical fields such as displacement are calculated. The model is then resolved for a vector of displacements, and from this the effect of loading on the structure can be obtained.
7th March 2019 Romilly Close
FEA is a computer-based numerical-analysis technique which involves breaking down large, complex structures (‘models’) into a mesh of discrete elements. The elements are connected to each other, at points called ‘nodes’, creating a continuous surface. The model is ascribed some material properties; it is restrained (to allow the forces to act in a physically realistic manner); a loading scenario is applied; and the FEA software generates sets of equations according to the shape of the elements and material properties.
1st February 2019 Chris Hare
Ballistic Armour is a generic term for a protective layer of material that protects a person or object from projectiles. The common requirement of all systems is to dissipate the projectile energy with minimal damage to the target. This requirement for energy dissipation is where multi-layer composites can provide some advantages.
7th November 2018 Francisco Saraiva
An in-depth look at how compression moulding can be used for the production of high-performance thermoplastic composite components, highlighting technique as a precise and potentially rapid process for producing high-quality composite parts in a range of volumes.
19th July 2018 Joe Carruthers
Compression moulding is a precise and potentially rapid process for producing high quality composite parts in a wide range of volumes. It typically employs a matched metal tool in a heated (hydraulic) press to consolidate sheet materials or moulding compounds at relatively high pressures.
29th June 2018 Elliot Fleet
Statistics is a branch of mathematics that deals with managing data and evaluating logically how well it fits a preconceived pattern or model. Similarly a large part of composites R&D and materials science is concerned with generating data and using it to support a hypothesis. The use of statistical methods is therefore absolutely critical to […]