18 February 2014
18 February 2014
Fulcrum state it has delivered substantial improvements in interfacial properties of glass fibre-epoxy composites by coating fabric with carbon nanotubes using its SP1 protein.
Using nanotechnology and specifically carbon nanotubes, Fulcrum says its SP1/CNT solution increases the toughness of such composites by at least 30% without affecting the overall strength, enabling customers to introduce glass/epoxy composites to highly demanding applications, and keeps costs affordable.
Its customers, Fulcrum claim, have already successfully deployed the SP1/CNT reinforcement solution in the aerospace market, realising the commercialised scale and advantages of nanotechnology in composites.
“Our unique SP1/CNT technology, which combines biotech and nanotechnology, implemented for mass production in standard textile dyeing machines, enables us to provide our customers with a wide variety of solutions, tailored for their specific needs. We are very satisfied with our customers’ feedback and cooperation in introducing our SP1/CNT complex for their products. We encourage companies to contact us in order to collaborate in working on their specific needs“, said Nimrod Litvak, Fulcrum’s CEO.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.