13 January 2015
13 January 2015
Canadian canoe manufacturer, Swift Canes & Kayaks, released a version of their Keewaydin 16 model, featuring TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics, in 2014, and are introducing their Prospector 16 model built with a TeXtreme hybrid fabric made of co-mingled carbon fibre and Innegra tapes at Toronto, Canada Boat Show this week.
“Advancements in carbon fibre technology are changing the way we design products. It has changed the approach of the automotive, sailing, hockey, cycling, and aerospace worlds, to name a few, and its effect on the paddle sports industry is growing exponentially. Using TeXtreme creates an ultra-lightweight canoe that's got an unmatched strength to weight ratio. Using our signature resin infusion process, the TeXtreme cloth generates a unique pattern on the hull that's coupled with increased abrasion resistance compared to our standard carbon cloth. If you want a canoe that's as strong as it is light, there's nothing out there like TeXtreme,” says Bill Swift, President of Swift Canoe & Kayak.
Oxeon explains, TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fibre reinforcements are used in applications and products requiring weight savings, improved strength and stiffness. In general customers using TeXtreme achieves weight savings of about 20-30% on the finished composite parts, compared to when using conventional carbon fibre reinforcements.
Photo provided by Oxeon.
Brazilian company Dilutec has developed a complete gelcoat portfolio for shipyards, for applications ranging from the manufacture of the boat mould to small repairs of the hulls and decks.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) selected a lightweight FiberSPAN fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge deck, manufactured by Composite Advantage, for the Rugg Bridge on Route 57.
Alvant has been appointed to work on a two-year, £28 million project titled Large Landing Gear of the Future, which aims to deliver a 30% weight reduction and assist the aerospace industry’s drive to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.