07 November 2012
07 November 2012
Integran Technologies has made further advances in its “structural metal plating-on- polymer” technology (Nanovate NP) for enhancing fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the cost-effective manufacture of lightweight transportation parts.
Under development for several years, Integran’s nanometal-polymer hybrid core technology is protected by a number of patent filings and now with US 8,268,423 which issued on September 18, 2012 disclosing lightweight metal-coated polymer oil pans with high impact resistance.
Integran’s CEO Gino Palumbo stated “Our structural plating-on- polymer technology can be used to replace a variety of heavier all-metal components while providing superior wear- and impact-resistance in land, sea and air transportation applications. Further benefits can include thermal management and EMI shielding. Product designers are no longer limited to design restrictions imposed by metal forming or machining processes as they can now use the flexibility of injection moulding or additive manufacturing to fabricate strong and durable parts.”
Integran Program Manager, Dr. Nanda Nagarajan, added “Customers can now also take advantage of Integran’s ability to apply strong, highly adherent, nanometals to a broad range of high performance thermoplastics such as Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS), Polyetherimides (PEI), Polyamides (PA) and Polyetheretherketones (PEEK), along with other traditional plate-able polymers.”
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).
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) led a Transportation and Defence Fly-In, 25-26 September 2018, during which ACMA members and staff met with more than 75 congressional offices and several key decision makers from federal agencies.
As the rail sector looks to new technologies to enable it to answer sustainability, performance and cost challenges, applications for pultruded composites are set to grow, according to a new report from the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA). Lightweight, high performance, durable composites offer energy efficient solutions with lower environmental impact and reduced through-life costs in rolling stock and rail infrastructure.