Plastics in the automotive and transport industries

The use of plastic components in the automotive industry has shown extraordinary growth in recent years. Polymers are currently being used to manufacture more than 1,000 different automotive parts. Using plastics as an alternative to traditional materials such as metal gives the industry major advantages, including energy efficiency, durability, design flexibility, noise reduction and cost savings.

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More lightweight composite materials to design railway of the future

The MAT4RAIL project developed new formulations of hybrid resins that will make it possible to replace metal railways parts with lighter composite materials. Smart interior parts were also designed to increase capacity and provide greater passenger comfort.

Biocomposites in the automotive industry: potential applications and benefits

Biocomposite materials can be defined as composite materials in which at least one of the constituents is derived from natural sources. This includes composite materials made from the combination of petroleum-derived polymers reinforced with natural fibre, biopolymers reinforced with natural fibre, or biopolymers reinforced with synthetic fibre (e.g. glass, carbon).

Microwave Curing Composites

Composite components must be cured under very strict processing conditions due to the need of having a reproducible polymerisation of the resin. Currently, polyester, vinylester […]

Types of composite materials

Composite materials are formed by two or more components so that the properties of the final material are better than the properties of the components […]

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Renault recognizes the competence of AIMPLAS’ laboratories for ‘Self-Validation’

AIMPLAS’ laboratories have successfully passed the procedure by Groupe Renault to recognize the competence of our laboratories as a self-validation subcontracting laboratory.

New equipment will allow to expand AIMPLAS’ capabilities in environmental tests

Within environmental tests, climatic tests use the relevant laboratory equipment to reproduce climatic conditions at which a product may be exposed during its lifetime.

The importance of laboratory tests in the aeronautical sector

Composite materials are widely used in the aeronautical industry. Aside from routine quality checks, such as computerised tomography which is used to detect internal failures in composite materials, aircraft components must go through a validation process when they are made for the first time or when there is a change in material or in the manufacturing process.

New Method of Recycling Plastics from End-of-Life Vehicles Reduces Carbon Footprint by 75%

The LIFE CIRC-ELV project will enable development of a new business model in the European Union for recycling plastics from end-of-life vehicles.

More lightweight composite materials to design railway of the future

The MAT4RAIL project developed new formulations of hybrid resins that will make it possible to replace metal railways parts with lighter composite materials. Smart interior parts were also designed to increase capacity and provide greater passenger comfort.