17 November 2009
17 November 2009
Later this week, Kettering University will be the site of a new product launch, when BASF North American introduces its new ‘Green’ Automotive Material Technology, Acrodur Acrylic thermosets.
BASF believe that the eco-friendly Acrodur Acrylic thermosets, will open new avenues to innovative composite materials.
The Acrodur presentation will discuss a new enabling technology platform engineered toward Cross-Linked Acrylic Thermosets, featuring:
▪ Non-flammable zero-emission systems that contain no volatile or hazardous components at any stage of their life cycle;
▪ Easy to use in moulding processes and ideally suited for today’s ‘greener’ light-weight automotive composites; and
▪ Potential for natural fibre, as well as other fibre composites in automotive applications.
Dr. Gero Nordmann, market development manager for BASF, and Dr. Donald Rosato, president of PlastiSource, Inc., said they are pleased to come to Flint to introduce eco-friendly Acrodur. Acrylic thermosets are thermally cross-linkable and free of formaldehyde and other emissions, and offer new routes to innovative composite materials.
An example of a suitable application for acrylic resin dispersions is the binding of natural fibres such as wood, flax, hemp or sisal. Typically, the application is used in the production of shaped panels for automobile interiors. Now, raw materials can be resinated in different ways. It should provide a great variety of other natural and man-made fibres of the nonwoven industry or even granulated materials, which could be bonded with the new binder system.
The event will take place at 8:15am on Wednesday 18th November in Room A of Kettering’s Campus Center.
Approximately 60 individuals representing automotive industries and educational institutions, including Toyota, Magna, General Motors, Johnson Controls, A.Schulman Faurecia, Tesla Motors, International Automotive Components, the MSU Composite Vehicle Center and Kettering University, will participate.
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).