NetComposites strives to be one of the world’s leading specialists in applied composite material technologies. Through our research, consultancy, training, information and conferencing services, we aim to develop innovative, commercially successful composite materials, whilst helping our clients and partners benefit from better materials, processes and business opportunities.
Below are case studies which highlight our expertise in these fields.
Long natural fibre thermoplastic, injection-mouldable pellets are a composite of natural fibres (e.g. flax, hemp, jute) in a polypropylene matrix. They were developed recently by NetComposites as a costeffective alternative to long glass fibre thermoplastic (LFT) products in, for example, automotive applications.
The process of automated tape-laying or winding using fibre-reinforced thermoplastic tapes has advanced significantly over recent years. This case study part shows that it is now possible to wind engineering structures with inconstant diameters. One of the advantages of using thermoplastics is that such a part can then be post-formed to create more complex shapes such as components with a 90° angle. The use of fibre reinforced thermoplastic tapes provide outstanding mechanical performance, a clean manufacturing process, low waste and a recyclable product.
GRP antenna shrouds and enclosures have been widely used by the mobile-telecoms industry for a number of years, due to their combination of RF transparency and design freedom. However recent concerns regarding the structural integrity of a number of existing installations have resulted in a series of inspection/replacement programmes being rolled out across the country.