11 February 2008
11 February 2008
A range of low shrink and low profile additives, named Norsolook, have been recently developed by Cray Valley for SMC, BMC, pultrusion and RTM applications.
The additives are intended to meet two market demands in the automotive sector. The first is for compounds having significantly improved paintability, either for on-line or off-line SMC parts. The second is for a better surface aspect for SMC Class A, since some OEMs still prefer to use metal as a high quality finish material. Cray Valley is working in partnership with major compounders, such as Menzolit and MCR, to address these issues.
To address the paintability issue, a combination of Norsolook additives has been developed that avoids popping when used with the new Norsodyne M01510 resin. In addition, Cray Valley says that lower VOC emission and lower solvent uptake is achieved and a conductive on-line formulation is also available. Norsolook A76086 is also now available to address the needs for better Class A finish.
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).