06 March 2013
06 March 2013
Gastank has obtained the certificate according to UN ECE R110 regulation for its new Type IV Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders for motor vehicles.
Using Dow’s composite resin technology together with HiPer-tex glass fibre from 3B, Gastank explains how it offers high-performing and cost effective pressurised gas cylinders to automotive, commercial transportation, and industrial areas.
Dow will showcase these CNG cylinders during JEC Europe, Porte de Versailles, Paris, France, next week. It explains that its VORAFORCE TW toughened epoxy systems are designed to enable production of lightweight and durable composite cylinders with improved impact resistance, dynamic fatigue and low-temperature performance.
Professor Kurt Berglund, President of Gastank states “During several tests, the toughened epoxy systems from Dow showed excellent fibre wetting, reduced waste and gave high-quality final properties of the cylinders. Thanks to the long open time and features, the Dow solution allowed Gastank to optimise the winding process and fasten production, making our CNG cylinder solutions even more attractive to the industry.” Satisfied with these results and the successful UN ECE R110 qualification, Professor Berglund has expressed plans to pursue new projects with the Dow technology.
“In times when demand for natural gas vehicles is growing fast, Dow responds to the needs of the industry for light, strong and durable composite pressure vessels that enable better mileage and reduced emissions, replacing traditional metal cylinder tanks”, comments Francesca Pignagnoli, EMEA market manager for Industrial Composites at Dow.
Dow can be found at booth P14.
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).