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DSM Composite Resins wins Design and Technology Award at Materialica

30 October 2007

DSM Composite Resins received a second award for the best innovative material during the Materialica congress and exhibition that took place recently in Munich.

“After winning the Innovation Award last month during the China Composites Expo in Beijing, it is a great success and honour to receive this Best Material Award today in Europe for the 2nd time“; says Ben Drogt, Innovation Manager DSM Composite Resins. Out of the 81 participants applying for the Materialica Design and Technology Award, DSM was the winner of the award.

DSM Composite Resins applied for the Design and Technology Award with using the Turane resin technology in NUNA4, the solar-car from the University of Delft (The Netherlands). Weighing barely 200 kilograms, NUNA4 utilizes cutting edge aerospace and Formula1 technology in producing a car that is stronger, lighter and safer than its predecessors. For this year’s race in Australia, entry criteria were made stricter to ensure that the vehicles were not only safer, but also more recognizable as cars, with roll bars, upright seating and a maximum surface area of 6 m² for solar cells.

DSM met the University Team’s advanced composite needs with turane resin technology. Turane resins were developed for advanced composite applications such as aerospace, automotive and windmill blades, which have the same requirements for high strength coupled with low weight, but with the need for fast processing characteristics. Vacuum infusion was used to produce the two halves of the body shell and wheel casings with turane resins impregnating a reinforcement pack that incorporated woven carbon fibre. The cure chemistry of turane resins gives a cure profile from slow to very fast making it ideal for fully controllable vacuum resin infusion.






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