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3TEX Partners With GE Aircraft & NASA Glenn in NC A&T Study

01 June 2001


3TEX has been selected to participate in a major National Science Foundation project being led by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T). The other participants are General Electric's Aircraft Engine Group (GEAE) in Cincinnati, OH and NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. The study is researching next-generation composite applications using NC A&T's patented low cost resin transfer molding (RTM) based carbon/carbon composites (CCC) technology.

"Obviously, we are very honored to be selected along with the GE Aircraft Engine Group and the NASA Glenn Research Center," said Brad Lienhart, 3TEX CEO. "This shows how far 3TEX has come in this very competitive industry." 3TEX's core technology was developed in the 1990's at North Carolina State University's College of Textiles. Under a NASA sponsored research program at the University's Mars Mission Research Center, Dr. Mansour Mohamed, founder and current Chairman of 3TEX, and his colleagues invented a unique method of weaving three-dimensional fiber architectures.

NC A&T's resin transfer technology has a number of significant commercial applications including, low cost CCC piston valve for internal combustion (IC) engines, low cost CCC bearing cages for high speed engines, and CCC ion thrusters. 3TEX, Inc. will research applications of the technology in the area of single-piece internal combustion engine pistons and will allow NC A&T to use some of the company's proprietary technology in the university's laboratories.