27 January 2006
27 January 2006
Ashland Specialty Polymers and Adhesives has helped BMW attach a new light-weight carbon fibre reinforced plastic roof to its M3 CSL vehicle.
The BMW M3 CSL features a roof made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), which is 6kg (13 pounds) lighter than a conventional steel roof. The key to attaching this roof component relied upon a special adhesive to join the roof to the automobile body frame. After testing a number of adhesives, BMW decided that Ashland SP&A’s Pliogrip structural adhesive, a two-component polyurethane adhesive, provided the best solution.
“We’re proud to work with BMW, and to help them bring the M3 CSL to market,” said Hartwig Lohse, Ph.D., European technical manager, transportation for Ashland SP&A group. “Our adhesive technology provided an essential contribution to making this special BMW model a reality.”
The image shows BMW employees attaching the carbon fibre reinforced roof to a BMW M3 CSL.
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).