21 August 2009
21 August 2009
Huntsman has recently experimented using Araldite epoxy resins in yacht construction, which they say not only achieves increased stiffness and a reduction in weight, but will also require less maintenance.
The boat, designed by Swiss boat builder Wacker-Werft, used Araldite Epoxy infusion systems LY564 and Hardeners XB 3486/87for the hull and decks. And, for the assembly of all bulkheads, hull to deck joints and structures, a new thixotropic epoxy adhesive was used.
According to Huntsman, boats made with epoxy resins have a number of advantages including superior mechanical properties, long resistance to fatigue, increased resistance to osmosis offering less maintenance and much longer life cycles.
Wacker-Werft say that the yacht’s lighter and stiffer structure make it ideal for Regatta sailing.
Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.
Technical Fibre Products will showcase its Optiveil nonwovens at China Composites Expo in Shanghai on 5-7 September.