13 October 2002
13 October 2002
Dow and a panel of industry experts have selected recipients in the sixth annual Fabricator Excellence Awards for Derakane resins. Companies honoured this year are CPF Dualam (Canada), Plasticos Industriales de Tampico, Mexico and W Brandt Goldsworthy (USA).
The awards are given to the fabricators of outstanding projects that used Derakane epoxy vinyl ester resins, from entries throughout the Americas.
CPF Dualam was selected for the fabrication of a dual-laminate dechlorination tower for used in El Tablazo, Venezuela. The tower measures 14 feet diameter at the base and stands more than 61 feet tall, and replaced a rubber-lined steel unit that regularly had to be taken off line for maintenance due to corrosion.
Plasticos Industriales de Tampico received the award for fabricating and installing FRP tanks measuring 33 feet in diameter and 24 feet in height for Mexico’s largest mining company, Grupo Mexico. These filament wound tanks – the largest ever installed in Mexico – were made in 3 sections and then oblated and nested for easy transportation.
W Brandt Goldsworthy and Associates was recognised for the fabrication of innovative power transmission poles for the National Science Foundation, also located in California. The new poles are 75 feet tall and incorporate a tapered design. The fabricator and NSF successfully tested the first of these poles in May 2002 with officials fro the Electric Power Research Institute present at the trials, and they are now beginning the commercialisation phase.
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.