15 July 2002
15 July 2002
A modern-looking and environmentally-friendly version of the ""tuk tuk"" three-wheeler vehicle will hit the streets next year.
The new ""Chaiyo"" tuk tuk is made of fibreglass and powered by a 150cc four-stroke engine that gives it a top speed of 60 kilometres per hour. The government hopes the vehicle, which was developed and manufactured in Thailand, will replace older model two-stroke tuk tuks which belch exhaust fumes into crowded city streets. ""This tuk tuk will have very few pollution problems and we have developed it to European standards,"" said an official at the Thai Automotive Institute 's research and development department. ""If there are no problems, by early next year the first Chaiyo Tuk Tuks will hit the road,"" he told AFP.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.
Australian organisations Austrak, Laing O’Rourke and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have joined forces to develop polymer composite solutions for bridge transoms in a $10 million project titled Polymer Composite Transoms for Rail Bridge Deck Replacement (CompTrans).