09 May 2017
09 May 2017
A team of US researchers and industrial partners have been awarded a five-year, $15 million grant to establish a NASA Space Technology Research Institute (STRI) focused on high performance composite materials.
High performance structures are needed for safe and affordable next generation exploration systems such as transit vehicles, habitats and power systems. These building materials need to be lighter and stronger than those currently used in even the most advanced systems.
The Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP) will aim to develop and deploy a carbon nanotube-based, ultra-high strength, lightweight aerospace structural material within five years. Success will mean a critical change to the design paradigm for space structures. Through collaboration with industry partners, it is anticipated that advances in laboratories could quickly translate to advances in manufacturing facilities that will yield sufficient amounts of advanced materials for use in NASA missions.
Results of this research will have broad societal impacts as well. Rapid development and deployment of the advanced materials created by the institute could support an array of Earth applications and benefit the US manufacturing sector.
US-COMP is a multidisciplinary team of 22 faculty members led by Gregory Odegard, Principal Investigator at the Michigan Technological University, in partnership with Florida State University, University of Utah, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Florida A&M University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, Pennsylvania State University, University of Colorado and Virginia Commonwealth University. Industrial partners include Nanocomp Technologies and Solvay, with the US Air Force Research Lab as a collaborator.
NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research STRIs that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into the solar system. The second is the Centre for the Utilisation of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES).
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LANXESS will open a new applications development and technical services (AD & TS) laboratory for polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) in Latina, Italy. This will be capable of supporting market needs in a variety of coatings and adhesives applications in leather and textile finishing, plastic, glass and metal substrates coatings, as well as glass fibre sizing.
CGTech now offers a connection with Siemens' Teamcenter software as part of its toolpath simulation software VERICUT.
Total Composite Solutions (TCS) and Microtex Composites have extended their existing exclusive UK and Ireland agreement into the Americas. TCS will initially offer Microtex prepreg systems into this market, followed by its weaving product range.