13 January 2006
13 January 2006
The National Composite Center (NCC) is expected to receive $1.5 million for production, acceleration and commercialization of a new fabrication process for carbon nanofibres and nanotube membranes.
NCC will lead a team that includes the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Wright Materials Research Company based in Beavercreek. In addition to making the technology more cost effective for industry, the application of nanotube membranes (buckypapers) to composites will improve the performance and strength of military vehicles and aerospace structural materials, as well as reduce fuel and structural maintenance costs. The nanofibers and nanotubes also have application for lightening strike protection and directional thermal and electrical conducting applications in materials and devices.
LANXESS will open a new applications development and technical services (AD & TS) laboratory for polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) in Latina, Italy. This will be capable of supporting market needs in a variety of coatings and adhesives applications in leather and textile finishing, plastic, glass and metal substrates coatings, as well as glass fibre sizing.
Applications for composites in the sports and leisure sector will be showcased by various exhibitors at Composites Europe in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November.
Alvant has been appointed to work on a two-year, £28 million project titled Large Landing Gear of the Future, which aims to deliver a 30% weight reduction and assist the aerospace industry’s drive to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.