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IDI Composites International and Horton Nominated for the CAMX 2015 ACE Award for High Strength Composite

27 October 2015

IDI Composites International has partnered with Horton to produce a high-strength composite fan blade that excels at engine cooling in harsh environments.

IDI Composites International says its sheet moulding compound and bulk moulding compounds are custom formulated to offer a wide array of performance characteristics including high performance and high-strength, heat and corrosion resistance, low to no shrink, UV stability, low smoke and flame spread and flame resistance.

IDI explains that its materials were a perfect choice for Horton when they wanted to develop a superior fan blade to cool the engines of large vehicles and stationary equipment for mining, construction and the oil and gas industries. The high-strength composite fan blade was designed to overcome limitations that metal fans run into with equipment operating in difficult environments.

Horton’s computer-optimised blade designs allow for improved airflow performance and reduced noise, previously not achievable by stamped metal blade designs, are now possible to mould with a composite material. The material strength-to-weight ratio and durability allow high fan speeds in operating environments with vibration, dust, grime, corrosive elements and temperatures that range from frigid to scorching, and the material allows unmatched durability to reduce maintenance costs. The resulting fan performs more efficiently than current metal fans in the market, improving airflow performance, reducing noise and fuel consumption. The new blade designs are not limited to engine cooling, allowing for expansion into many aspects of airflow management in harsh environments, such as cooling towers or agricultural ventilation.

IDI Composites International and Horton HTEC (Horton Thermoset Engineered Composite) fan blades are nominees for the 2015 CAMX Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) competition in the “Market Growth: Infinite Possibility for Market Growth” category. The ACE awards are a prestigious composites industry competition, recognising outstanding achievement and innovation in technology, manufacturing and product development. ACMA, host to the long-standing awards program, will present six awards in three categories in Dallas at CAMX 2015.





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