10 July 2008
10 July 2008
Ticona Engineering Polymers have introduced a new Hostaform long glass fibre acetal copolymer (POM) that they say delivers better performance than standard reinforced thermoplastic polymers.
""Designers and engineers can now enhance the performance of their composite parts with a new Hostaform long glass fibre POM that offers a unique combination of properties including unprecedented impact resistance, inherent lubricity and excellent fuel and chemical resistance,"" said Vinicius Mardegan, POM product marketing manager - Americas.
Ticona designed Hostaform long glass fibre POM for structural applications such as sunroof systems, seating systems for automobiles or tractors, appliances, high loading gears and industrial applications.
""Thanks to our new Hostaform long glass fibre POM, with better performance characteristics than standard long reinforced thermoplastic polymers, manufacturers now have a cost effective engineering polymer that can replace metal in a variety of applications,"" said Mardegan.
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).