Boeing is actively exploring technologies that can be used to recycle its carbon fiber composite aircraft, such as the Dreamliner, when they finish their service life. As a result, a greater supply of lower-cost recycled carbon fiber may soon enter the commercial pipeline from industrial scrap and applications that date back several years. Two companies are partnering with Boeing to develop carbon fiber from recycled sources. They are Adherent Technologies of Albuquerque, NM, and Milled Carbon in the United Kingdom, which already processes more than 500 metric tons of carbon fiber composites per year in a thermo/chemical process .
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
This year's Dupont-sponsored WardsAuto survey of automotive designers and other engineers shows lightweighting dominates the discussion. But which materials will help them meet the 2025 CAFE standards are not entirely clear.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
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