18 September 2009
18 September 2009
Axion International Holdings has just completed the construction of two 100% recycled plastic bridges for the US Army. The eco-friendly structural building materials used in the bridges have been specifically engineered to allow for the crossing of heavy military vehicles.
To date, recycled plastic has mainly been used in non-structural or low-stress applications such as park benches, picnic tables, and residential decking. With Axion`s patented technology, structural-grade reinforced plastic building materials are an emerging technology for use in load-bearing construction.
Constructed from 100% recycled high load plastic, the construction of the plastic bridges at Fort Bragg utilized approximately 84,828 pounds of recycled plastic.
These plastic designs do not contain any wood material and are inherently resistant to rot and attack by insects without the need for chemical treatments. Innovative plastic I-beam components were used to support the heavy loads and to provide a design that is cost-competitive to a treated-wood bridge designed to carry the same load.
""The military provides a compelling validator for Axion`s high-growth business model and our cutting-edge technology,"" said James Kerstein, Chief Executive Officer. ""Not only are Axion`s bridges eco-friendly, they are superior in their structural properties and remarkably cost-effective. We strongly believe the success of these prototypes will lead to significantly more business from the military.""
Toho Tenax is introducing a high-tensile, highly shock-resistant prepreg that incorporates carbon fibre developed for aerospace applications and carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Hexcel is promoting its range of composite materials for skis, snowboards and other high performance winter sports equipment at ISPO Munich 2018 on 28-31 January.