22 July 2003
22 July 2003
ACG has supported Bertrandt UK in this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the Gravity Racing Club Dunhill Challenge with a composite Soapbox.
Visitors to the UK's annual Goodwood Festival of Speed will be familiar with the 'Soapbox Challenge', a curving downhill race of approximately one mile contested by an invited collection of high-technology gravity racers. Conceived to invoke the nostalgia of historic motor racing, the single-seater vehicles, powered only by gravity, compete for the fastest aggregate time over 2 days of racing. Competition is fierce and entrants typically enlist increasingly high-technology solutions in order to seek optimal performance from their designs.
For the 2003 challenge, Bertrandt chose the radical step of designing and simulating the vehicle using a completely virtual design & development environment and then approached the Advanced Composites Group for composite materials expertise and complementary automotive focus. The complete vehicle structure and the ride and handling performance were designed and simulated on computer. No prototypes were built or tested, and the first car to be built was the one that ultimately raced and caused such a stir in the paddock. The complete design and manufacture process took only 9 weeks.
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).