23 April 2007
23 April 2007
Nanoledge and California-based sporting goods company Entropy Research Labs (ERL) have co-developed a new and improved surfboard.
Nanoledge’s “NANO IN” technology combined with Bayer MaterialScience’s high performance Carbon Nanotubes Baytubes were the key to success. Refined with Baytubes from Bayer MaterialScience, the epoxy resin achieves high mechanical and thermal properties in the resulting composite, making the surfboard lighter and more resistant.
“Working with Bayer MaterialScience for the realization of these applications has been a real opportunity for Nanoledge. The exceptional technical properties of Bayer MaterialScience’s Baytubes contribute intrinsically to the improvement of these sporting goods’ performances,” said Franck Bennardi, CEO of Nanoledge.
Originally made of solid wood and up to 12 feet long and up to 45 kg heavy, most modern surfboards are made of polyurethane/polyester systems. The new surfboard was co-developed by Nanoledge and California-based sporting goods company Entropy Research Labs (ERL) that develops and applies exotic materials into high-end, performance action sports equipment. Their testing grounds for the new product: Heavy Ocean Beach, San Francisco. “No surfboard is indestructible, but you can make it last longer”, Desi Banatao from ERL explained. “Surfboards will undergo a major shift in both material systems and construction in the next 5 to 10 years. In terms of the materials systems epoxies are definitely going to play a huge role in how it plays out, and if CNTs can deliver in making these epoxies better, then they could potentially have a huge effect.” ""One of our main objectives is the close cooperation with our customers. We share our product know-how with our customers, thereby supporting them in developing new, interesting applications”, explains Martin Schmid, who is responsible for the expansion of the global Baytubes business at Bayer MaterialScience. “
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