19 February 2006
19 February 2006
has recently been awarded a contract with the European Commission to run a Marie Curie Research Training Network (RTN).
The topic of this RTN is “Multidisciplinary Research and Training on Composite Materials Applications in Transport Modes” (Momentum). Momentum is to set up an effective and sustainable research platform for the study and development of innovative composite materials applications for the rail, aerospace, maritime and automotive transport modes.
This will be done by using outstanding training based on a multidisciplinary approach and transfer of knowledge producing a new generation of researchers with unique skills.
Momentum provides a response to an urgent need to train individuals in the critical aspects identified as the key future research areas for composites in transport. These critical aspects are modelling, design and structural simulation, crashworthiness, manufacturing, light-weighting, joining, recycling, repair, fire safety, and new material concepts.
The consortium is formed by 14 organisations of renowned international stature in 11 countries across Europe. These include academic teams (Universities of Newcastle, Zaragoza, Palermo, Stuttgart, Porto, Leuven, Zagreb, Lausanne, Riga, SICOMP-Swedish Composites Institute) as well as key members from the aerospace industry (EADS), rail (Alstom), automotive (Centre Ricerche Fiat) and maritime (VT Halmatic) momentum will have 17 prestigious fellowships with a duration of 4 years from January 2006.
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.