18 June 2004
18 June 2004
Cornerstone Research Group, a Beavercreek-based research and development company, is to begin a new manufacturing entity.
The spinoff, CRG Industries LLC, will manufacture state-of-the-art materials licensed or created by Cornerstone's research. Among those materials are shape memory polymers and smart composites as well as glassy liquid crystals, syntactic foams and syntactic laminates.
Cornerstone said the materials will have consumer, industrial and government uses, such as in flat panel displays, architectural structures and automotive components.
Cornerstone has created 23 new jobs and student internships since the beginning of 2004. The company has a number of contracts with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, including research and development of shape memory polymers for the U.S. Air Force and commercial users.
The Cornerstone Research Group Inc. was recently awarded a Department of Defence (DoD) Phase II contract for “Morphing Aircraft Applications of Shape Memory Polymer.”
This contract focuses on the application of morphing aircraft technology that was developed in a Phase I contract with CRG for “Adaptive Wing Structures.” CRG is working closely with Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force on this project.
CRG is developing an aircraft wing that changes shape in flight to increase aerodynamic efficiency, manoeuvrability, mission capability, and operational range. CRG is using their current smart materials and will seek to create new ones in this process. The work that is being done on this project is laying the groundwork for future morphing aircraft designs and can have many applications in the aerospace industry.
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.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.
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.