19 June 2007
19 June 2007
Florida State University administrators, joined by Tallahassee-area economic development officials, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Materials Research Building in Tallahassee's Innovation Park.
""With the additions of this new building and several faculty positions funded under FSU's 'Pathways of Excellence' initiative, we will be among the nation's best research centres in advanced composites,"" said Kirby Kemper, vice president of Research at FSU. ""This truly marks the beginning of the next generation of lightweight, high-performance composite materials.""
The $17 million building, which is scheduled to be ready by fall 2008, will be a two-story, 44,000-square-foot facility that houses 13 laboratories for the design, processing and characterization of advanced materials and systems. When completed, it will house the High-Performance Materials Institute and FSU's Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials, which was established in November 2006 through a $4 million grant from the State University System's Board of Governors.
""Working closely with many industrial partners, our research will benefit the aerospace, auto, defense, electronics and wind-energy industries by providing lightweight, safe, energy-efficient and cost-effective composite systems,"" said Ben Wang, director of the Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials and research director of the High-Performance Materials Institute. ""This building also will provide the resources for us to provide work-force training to attract industry and create jobs in the area.”
Sharp & Tappin has installed and commissioned a Compcut 200 composite plate saw at Renault Sport Racing in Enstone, Oxfordshire, UK.
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.
Electric GT Holdings and SPV Racing recently unveiled the race-ready version of the EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The car features lightweight body parts made using Bcomp's ampliTex and powerRibs natural fibre composite reinforcement products, contributing to a 500 kg weight reduction over the road edition.