23 September 2007
23 September 2007
DSM Composite Resins received an award for best innovation in composite resin materials during the International China Composites Expo that took place last week in Beijing.
Together with 120 other participants, DSM Composite Resins applied for the innovation award with the application of turane resins in NUNA4, the solar-car from the University of Delft (The Netherlands) that will race the famous solar-race in Australia in October. Weighing in at 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 6m² 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 requirement for high strength coupled with low weight but with 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 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.
DSM says that winning this innovation award for turane resins in NUNA4 is a great achievement for DSM Composite Resins and this is a great contribution to grow the innovative image of DSM in China.
The full size NUNA4 replica will stay in China. Prior to being located at the new Technical Campus of DSM in Shanghai, which is currently under construction, it will be seen at a number of important shows and events in China, starting with the Green Technology Conference organized in October in Shanghai.
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