26 September 2010
26 September 2010
The US Air Force has selected WebCore Technologies to develop next-generation, rapid assembly, energy efficient composite shelters under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
WebCore has teamed with Gichner Shelter Systems for Phase I of the project. WebCore’s TYCOR G fibre reinforced composite cores use advanced three-dimensional fiber architecture and cost effective automated manufacturing processes to produce lightweight, high strength, robust sandwich structures especially suited to this application.
The expandable shelters are being built in standard size and fixed site versions to meet the United States Department of Defense (DoD) intermodal transportability requirements for land, sea and air. Webcore say that TYCOR G provides essential performance advantages including lighter weight for increased payload capacity and corrosion resistance which eliminates rust and the need to repaint. TYCOR also provides thermal insulation which keeps heat sensitive equipment cool and reduces fuel use.
WebCore is also working to create higher expansion ratio versions, up to 20 to 1, to help reduce shipping costs. The advanced materials manufacturer expects to complete the project in December.
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