2016 TRENDS IN CARBON COMPOSITE

Carbon composite is the magic link between aerospace and marine industry

Increasingly, aircraft designers have been turning to composites to help make their vehicles lighter, more fuel-efficient and more comfortable for passengers.
Half of the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350, for example, are constructed of composite materials, and other manufacturers, like Bombardier, have adopted composites for a variety of aircraft sections. In Aerospace SpaceX is working on incorporating as much as carbon fibers and composites as possible in their various projects.

Composites present a number of substantial advantages to aircraft & aerospace designers -- as well as potential problems.

Composites do have some attractive material properties. First of all, composites offer a very high stiffness-to-weight ratio. Very stiff fibers (usually carbon or glass) are embedded in a plastic matrix. The fibers provide the stiffness, and the matrix provides the glue to produce a stiff structure that is very light. Plastics and the fibers generally are less dense than metals, but the fibers have greater stiffness, providing for a larger stiffness-to-weight ratio. Since composites are composed of a matrix reinforced with a fiber, it's rare for large cracks to develop in them. We do assist to the same search in the marine industry where stiffness and weight reduction is the key component to success.

However in the marine industry we have seen a few glitches generally created by the manufacturing in the applications. In the manufacturing parts process the bonding between matrix and composites is becoming extremely critical. With the multiplicity of small parts, proper glue with enough strength and resilience is a key for durable bonding. It seems that the marine industry is not yet mastering the process like the aerospace or aviation industries do. The difference in level of investment thus level and quantity of equipment is probably the main reason for the recent incidents we have seen on the racing sailing circuit for carbon composites made ships*. This will be corrected soon.

We still believe that the 2016 trends will show more carbon in marine, aviation & aerospace, more 3D printer parts. We also will see more aerodynamic in Marine with applications that become easier for people to access to due to software being accessible by non-professional. For a long period of time aerodynamic calculus and algorithm was reserved only to the “pros’ today if you have a computer you can rent software to make your fluidity and aerodynamic calculation.
New software(s) are reducing the costs and allow anyone to get into the industry. For instance NUMECA International (http://www.numeca-usa.com/ , a leading software developer and solution provider for fluid dynamics simulations allow engineers and designers to predict physical behavior of complex systems where fluids play a significant role. This type of company contributes to the dynamism of the marine and aerospace industries with new players rising to the top. SpaceX that today appears as one of the major player in the industry challenging NASA was created less than 15 years ago!!!

This type of dynamism in economy is healthy and allows a plethora of young talents to flourish and show their views and approach to the challenges of the 21st century.

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*See: http://www.libra6management.com/carbon-foils-learning-transat-jacques-va... .

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Libra6 Management, Corp. invests in Cleantech and alternative technology and is currently leading an investment in California Carbon Industry.
California Carbon Industry, Inc. is focused on designing, developing, and manufacturing advanced carbon and composite materials and products for use in the aerospace, automotive, marine, art, furniture and construction industries.
http://www.libra6management.com/california-carbon-industry-inc

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