15 October 2003
15 October 2003
The American Composites Manufacturers Association announced the 2003 Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) winners at the Composites 2003 show, spotlighting innovative and advanced uses of composites technology.
Seven products received ACE Awards, sponsored by AOC and Composites One:
- Quintus Composites’ “Composite Cello” for Best of Show;
- Cabo Yachts, Inc.’s “Sports Fishing Boat” for People’s Choice;
- Kreysler and Associates’ “Translucent Metallic FRP Panels” for Creative Application;
- Insituform Technologies’ “Insituform SP Manufactured by the Multiple Viscosity Infusion (MVI) Process” for Market Expansion;
- AeroComposites, Inc.’s “General Aviation Constant Speed Composite Propeller Blade” for Process Innovation;
- 3D Carbon Wings by Wing West Inc.’s “Carbon Fiber Automotive Hood” for Quality in an Open Molded Part; and
- ABC Industries, Inc.’s “RigiDuct WG” for Technical Innovation for Corrosion Application (sponsored by Ashland Specialty Chemical Company).
“The judges and show attendees were all very impressed with the aesthetic appearance of the Composite Cello. You could slip it into a normal orchestra and no one would be able to tell the difference,” said Larry Craigie, ACMA’s Manager of Technical Affairs.
The winners of the awards for best papers were:
- Best Technical Paper Award: “15 Year Study of the Effective Use of Permeation Barriers in Marine Composites to Prevent Corrosion and Blistering: Part 2, Evaluation of the Physical Properties,” written by David J. Herzog and Paul P. Burrell, Interplastic Corporation;
- Best Pultrusion Technical Paper Award: “Enhanced Pultrusion Using Photocure to Supplement Standard Thermal Cure,” written by Ellen Lackey, James G. Vaughan, and Rahul Patki, The University of Mississippi;
- Best Materials Technical Paper Award: “Thermosetting Resins with Controlled Viscosity for Impermeable Prepreg Preparation,” written by Hildeberto Nava and Jerrod Rose, Reichhold, Inc.;
- Best Testing and Design Technical Paper Award: “15-Year Study of the Effective Use of Permeation Barriers in Marine Composites to Prevent Corrosion and Blistering: Part 2, Evaluation of the Physical Properties,” written by David J. Herzog and Paul P. Burrell, Interplastic Corporation; and
- Best Processing Technical Paper Award: “New Methods in Analytical Calculation of Laminates and Composite Structures,” written by Michael Sonnen, Christian Laval, and Axel Seifert, MATERIALS S.A. of Brussels, Belgium.
Brazilian company Dilutec has developed a complete gelcoat portfolio for shipyards, for applications ranging from the manufacture of the boat mould to small repairs of the hulls and decks.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) selected a lightweight FiberSPAN fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge deck, manufactured by Composite Advantage, for the Rugg Bridge on Route 57.
UK company Norco Composites has invested in a larger spray booth and a new cutting and kitting machine to enable the company to increase productivity in line with growing demand from its marine customers.