07 December 2001
07 December 2001
A U.S. Navy contract has been awarded to Advanced Ceramics Research and REGI U.S., Inc. to build and test a Naval 0.5 horsepower ceramic engine.
The proposed engine is a four stroke Rand Cam(TM) engine utilizing continuous injection and combustion in a single combustion chamber. The engine will be of all ceramic construction to permit high temperature operation, without cooling, to effectively burn heavy oil. This new motor will be developed for powering the U.S. Navy's new Smart War-fighter Array of Re-configurable Modules (SWARM) low cost unmanned aerial vehicle.
Advanced Ceramics Research (""ACR"") has already made a $3 million dollar investment for a new state-of-the-art production facility for producing composite products. In addition, ACR is fully staffed with engineering and production personnel as it already has profitable ongoing commercial production. In addition, ACR has about 5,000 feet of open space of which will be available for production the first several hundred Rand Cam(TM) engines in Phase III while new production facilities are being set up on a Native American reservation.
Toho Tenax is introducing a high-tensile, highly shock-resistant prepreg that incorporates carbon fibre developed for aerospace applications and carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Hexcel is promoting its range of composite materials for skis, snowboards and other high performance winter sports equipment at ISPO Munich 2018 on 28-31 January.