23 April 2010
23 April 2010
At the JEC Show in Paris, DIAB introduced several new additions to its wide range of core materials and sandwich composite solutions.
DIAB further expanded its high performance Divinycell family of structural cores with the introduction of Matrix 7-7. According to DIAB, the mechanical properties of Matrix 7-7 meet the deck requirements of major classification societies, making it probably the lightest, commercially available foam core to meet these standards. As a result boat designers and builders will be able to decrease weight and increase their competitiveness. Other industries are also expected to take advantage of its combination of low weight and good mechanicals. In particular it is an excellent foam core material for wind turbine blades and nacelles.
Following the development of the sandwich composite cladding solution that won a JEC 2009 JEC Innovation, DIAB in co-operation with Skandinavian Glassystem (SG) is also introducing the 3F - Free Form concept. 3F comprises prefabricated, self-supporting composite façade modules designed to provide innovative architects with a complete design and construction solution. The solution offered by DIAB and SG not only covers the product itself but also includes close technical collaboration with the architects and builders throughout the duration of a construction project.
DIAB is also expanding its offering to the offshore and subsea markets following an agreement whereby DIAB will be distributing globally via its 17 support operations syntactic foams manufactured by the French company BMTI. The BMTI syntactic foam range complements DIAB’s Divinycell range and enables DIAB to provide solutions for a much wider range of applications and for depths down to 10,000 meters.
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.
Solvay and deBotech have announced a partnership with USA Bobsled and Skeleton (USABS), the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the US.