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Category Archives: Connection Magazine

Composites in Space – Gilmour Space Technologies

Just north of the Gold Coast is Gilmour Space Technologies, a venture-funded Australian rocket company developing new capabilities for launching small satellites into space. Founded by two brothers in 2013, this startup is now one of Australia’s leading space companies pioneering new and innovative hybrid propulsion technologies with the goal of providing lower cost access…

Vikal – A deep heritage of technology, design and craft

Superyachts exceed 24 metres in length. The longest superyacht in the world, the REV Ocean, is a whopping 183 metres long. Launched only recently, it is testament to her owner’s wealth. An accessory that many superyachts require is a custom-made tender boat, often more than one. While their prime role is that of a multifunctional…

The house that Rudi built

By Kerryn Caulfield and Simon Heading, Technical Sales Consultant for Lavender CE Pty Ltd. We all have a vision of our own dream home. It was not surprising that as a qualified aeronautical engineer, Rudi’s dream was a precision engineered home made from lightweight advanced materials that offered superior aesthetic, acoustic and insulating properties. Rudi…

AMAC UNSW wins JEC Innovation Award

Shape Adaptive Marine Propeller with Fibre-Optic Sensing At the recent JEC Asia exhibition that was held in Seoul Korea, the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) was awarded the prestigious JEC Innovation Award in the maritime category for their research, testing and prototyping of a “Shape Adaptive Marine Propeller…

University of Queensland: A double-skin tubular arch bridge system

According to the ‘National State of the Assets 2018 Roads & Community Infrastructure Report’ commissioned by the Australian Local Government Association, the need for investment in infrastructure today exceeds $30 billion and roughly one in five local timber bridges are in poor condition. The direct costs of replacing bridges including materials, labour and equipment are…

Composites Australia: Trade Mission to JEC Asia 2019

Seoul, Republic of Korea. 13-15th November, 2019 The Australian Pavilion hosted by Composites Australia at the three-day JEC Asia 2019 event was a busy meeting hub that showcased Australian companies, a leading educational institution and award-winning products and fabrication technology, as well as engineering and R&D services. The Australian presence amongst 200+ exhibiting companies from…

Composite Engineer’s Viewpoint

Part 15 – Sandwich Structure Repairability By Rik Heslehurst, PhD, MEng, BEng (Aero) FIEAust, FRAeS, FSAMPE, CPEng Composites Australia (Honorary Member) In the last article we considered non-destructive inspection of sandwich structures. Now the damage has been identified we look at the most appropriate restoration approach for the sandwich structure. Prior to the implementation of…

Free Trade Agreements

High tariffs and other trade barriers were once standard defensive trade mechanisms used by countries around the world to protect their domestic markets. Governments imposed tariffs to raise revenue, protect domestic industries, or exert political leverage over another country. Up until 1986, the effective tariff rate on items of clothing being imported into Australia was…

Don Elliot is retiring

It is almost 50 years since Don Elliot picked up a brush and roller but, as the year 2020 approaches, he’s made the defining decision to hang up the safety goggles to retire. Don’s career in the composites sector spans manufacturing, composites repair, teaching and consulting, commencing with early composite manufacturing adapters such as Bolwell…

NDT Equipment

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) of composites components is a responsible method of determining the consistency of complex composite materials and identifying and monitoring internal damage including delamination and occurrence of voids or splits/cracks. Within the aerospace industry NDT plays a vital role in the design, manufacture and maintenance of aircraft. NDT has also become indispensable technology…