04 June 2006
04 June 2006
Composites continue to find effective use in a wide variety of construction applications ranging from new build structures to refurbishment and restoration projects.
Their use is set to increase further over the coming decade as major opportunities arise including the 2012 Olympics, the current housing crisis and an ever aging infrastructure. Key properties such as light weight, excellent long-term durability, flexibility in design, prefabrication and fast construction process on-site will enable innovative cost-efficient structures to be developed using composite materials in both a pure form and also working synergistically with other materials to give improved performance.
In order to meet these new challenges, the UK’s NGCC (Network Group for Composites in Construction) is realigning the way in which it operates and in doing so is looking to expand and increase its membership. NGCC aims to bridge the interface between the composites industry and the construction community, providing guidance, technical support and advice where needed. In order to achieve this, core activities such as networking, CPD seminars, conferences and site visits will continue; but to improve technology and information transfer, a new interactive website has been launched as well as a redesigned newsletter targeted at the wider construction community. NGCC will also be working closely with the National Composites Network (NCN) to produce a ‘road map’ for the composites in construction industry in order to facilitate the step changes required to meet the new opportunities.
NGCC has recently changed its coordinating organisation; the head-office is now at NetComposites Ltd, Chesterfield under the direction of Dr Sue Halliwell. Membership benefits, information on how to get involved and application forms can be obtained from NGCC at the contact email below.
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.