01 March 2011
01 March 2011
A new technology transfer network between Spain, Portugal and the south of France has been created for the application of high value added materials in the automobile and building sectors.
CarbonInspired is a project starting in 2011 supported by the Territorial Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVB SUDOE and co-financed with ERDF funds.
The principal objective in this project is the creation of a collaborative network among public and private research centres for the transfer of knowledge to the enterprises, supporting them in added value and the development of innovations. The network will bring guide and advice to the enterprises from the southwest region of Europe, specially SMEs, to enable them to develop new products and processes based on carbonaceous nanoparticles, to contact partners, suppliers and end-users, to detect new opportunities, to evaluate new possibilities, training, technological search and to analyse the cutting-edge technologies.
The Galician Automotive Technological Centre (CTAG), as the CarbonInspired network coordinator, will carry out the first dissemination activity at the JEC Composites Show 2011.
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).