15 April 2014
15 April 2014
Far-UK has started the development of 4 new processes under the Composite Innovation Cluster project.
The company expects to bring at least 2 processes to market during the project. These processes have been given the code names Process 1, Process 2, Process 3 and Process 4. The most advanced of these is Process 4 and the company exhibited a composite manufactured wheelchair using this process at JEC Paris.
As a winner of the North West Automotive Alliance Annual Innovation Award, Process 4 is designed to enable niche vehicle manufacturers to produce complex shapes with carbon fibre, with the aim of being a cost comparable solution with Aluminium, and offering significant weight reduction through the use of composites.
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).