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Gastank Obtains Certification for New Type IV CNG Cylinders Using VORAFORCE Composite Systems from Dow

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.





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