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News for 11 November 2005


FRP Seawater Reverse Osmosis Systems

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Koch Membrane Systems has launched a new range of reverse osmosis (RO) elements and fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) pressure vessels for seawater desalination applications. The capacity of the 18-inch diameter and 61-inch long MegaMagnum spiral elements, housed in FRP pressure vessels, is claimed to dramatically improve the economics of medium and large-scale seawater desalination projects. The new 18-inch pressure vessel has been specifically designed for the high pressure requirements of seawater desalination RO. A prototype of the 1200 PSIG pressure vessel has been tested to 7200 PSIG, which is six times the original design pressure, and successfully withstood the high pressure without bursting or failing, which is one of the main requirements of ASME Section X for FRP pressure vessel design qualification. The 18-inch pressure vessels will come complete with field-proven enclosure technology, along with mechanical closure and retention mechanisms made of seawater-resistant materials. This successful end-closure design is now being incorporated into sideport and multiple port configurations to finalize the imminent ASME Section X testing and certification. For the 1200 PSIG pressure vessel development and fabrication, KMS selected Bekaert Progressive Composites, located in Vista, California and Mungia Spain.

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DNV’s Andreas Echtermeyer Wins Composite Riser Prize

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Andreas Echtermeyer, of DNV, was honoured at the 4th International Conference on Composite Materials for the Offshore Operations in Houston earlier this month. He received an award in “Recognition of outstanding technical contribution, leadership and dedication in advancing composites engineering and application for petroleum exploration and production” from the University of Houston. In presenting the award, dr. Mamadouh Salama, ConocoPhillips, stated: “The contribution of Echtermeyer and DNV has been crucial for the development and qualification of a composite riser.” Andreas Echtermeyer has been working with fibre reinforced plastics for years and has developed knowledge at the forefront within this technology. He was also project manager for the work leading to a DNV Recommended Practise within this field in 2003. The first riser of this composite was installed at the Heidrun field on the Norwegian continental shelf two years ago, and this riser has proved to work very well, thanks to the work carried out by Echtermeyer, among others.

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Key Milestone Achieved 0n Satellite

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Lockheed Martin has successfully completed static loads testing of the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) satellite structure, which validated the satellite’s strength and ability to sustain its launch weight of over 13,000 pounds. The successful test, conducted by a team of engineers from Lockheed Martin Space Systems and ATK, demonstrated with high confidence that the structure can carry the physical loads it will experience during the satellite’s manufacturing, launch and operation in geosynchronous orbit. Advanced EHF satellites are based on Lockheed Martin’s flight-proven A2100 spacecraft series. “”The team has achieved another important milestone in the development of this critical program,”” said Julie Sattler, vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems. The team delivered the structure to Lockheed Martin’s facilities in Sunnyvale, California, to begin a modal survey, which will ensure that sources of vibration such as reaction wheels, solar arrays and various deployable and steerable mechanisms will not impact the critical mission of the communications payload. Production of the first Advanced EHF spacecraft structure is also progressing and has started acceptance testing prior to integration with the satellite’s propulsion subsystem components.

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Boeing Projects $770 Billion Market for New Airplanes in Asia-Pacific

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Boeing detailed its 2005 Current Market Outlook (CMO) for the Asia-Pacific region on Monday, forecasting a market for about 7,200 new aircraft worth $770 billion over the next 20 years. Over the forecast period, Asia-Pacific will remain the largest market outside North America for new commercial aircraft. With the continued high rate of growth for Asia-Pacific air travel and air cargo markets, Asia-Pacific’s fleet will nearly triple to about 8,600 aircraft by the end of the forecast period. Nearly 7,200 new aircraft will be needed for future growth and replacement. Single-aisle aircraft, such as the Boeing 737 will be the largest category with a total of new airplane deliveries at 3,690 aircraft. Intermediate twin-aisles such as the Boeing 787 and 777 will comprise approximately 2,430 aircraft deliveries. Regional jets will total 540 units delivered and 747-and-larger size aircraft will be 510 units delivered. “”Passengers are the foundation of air travel, and in a competitive market the airlines will continue meeting passenger’s demands for more direct non-stop flights to destinations around the world with longer-range, efficient and comfortable airplanes,”” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes Director-Product Marketing, Analysis and Positioning, Randy Tinseth. “”This requirement will be met by airplanes in the 200-to-400 seat capacity category, with only a few very large ones being needed.”” Between Taiwan and Asia-Pacific, available seat miles have doubled since 1990. Most of this growth has been met by increased frequency, which has increased 2.5 times during this period. New markets have developed during this period even faster than frequency growth. Since 1990, the average aircraft size has decreased by nearly 20 percent. Boeing projects Asia-Pacific air travel growth will outpace the world average of 4.8 percent during the forecast period. Air travel for Asia-Pacific’s carriers will expand significantly, led by the Chinese domestic market’s projected average growth of almost nine percent. This incredible growth will nearly triple the Asia-Pacific aircraft fleet over the next 20 years. Air travel within Asia-Pacific is forecasted to grow six percent per year. Worldwide, Boeing projects that operators will invest $2.1 trillion for approximately 25,700 new commercial airplanes during the next 20 years.

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Institute Awards and Prizes for 2006 Open for Nominations

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Nominations are invited for the UK’s Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Medals and Awards for 2006, including the Holliday Prize for personal achievement in composites and the Composites Award for published work. Except where specified, nominees may be members or non-members of the Institute and nationals of any country. Self nominations are not acceptable. Certain awards are intended for younger candidates. Awards are not made posthumously or to long retired individuals. Proposers should note that several of the awards are not restricted to a particular material or technology. Proposers should note the requirements for citations given on the nomination form, and that only properly completed nomination forms will be included in the assessment process. Citations are required for all awards, including those for published work. Any nomination without a citation will be returned. The awards approved for 2006 will be presented on suitable occasions during the year. The deadline for nominations is 20 December 2005 and the application form for nominations is available here The full list of awards is also available here.

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M.C. Gill Corporation makes Hurricane Relief Donation

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M.C. Gill Corporation has made a donation to The Salvation Army Hurricane Relief program to assist hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast. “Hurricane Katrina caused tremendous damage to the Gulf Coast, from Texas all the way across to Alabama, and we wanted to do something to help those people who have had their lives so devastatingly disrupted. “ Stephen Gill, Vice Chairman, M.C. Gill Corporation, explained. M.C. Gill Corporation responded with a $10,000 corporate donation and matched additional employee contributions for a total combined contribution of $25,000. The donations will be given to The Salvation Army with 100% of these funds going directly to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. “I thank all of our employees and shareholders who showed great compassion and contributed to this relief effort,” Stephen Gill said. Donations were made by employees at M. C. Gill Corporation’s headquarters in El Monte, as well as its domestic divisions: Castle Industries, located in Ontario, California and Alcore, located in Edgewood, Maryland.

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Mitsubishi Rayon Expands Carbon Fiber Production Capacity

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Mitsubishi Rayon is to construct carbonization line with an annual capacity of 2,200 tons at their Toyohashi plant, in response to the growth in demand for carbon fibres. The investment is expected to be approximately 7 billion yen and the line is scheduled to become operational in the second quarter of 2007. The Mitsubishi Rayon Group is a leading manufacturer of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) carbon fibres, which encompasses the production of AN monomer, carbon fibres, prepreg and finished products such as golf shafts through an integrated production system. The carbon fibre market has been growing in industrial application areas as well in space and aviation. This growth has resulted in a steady increase in demand, and the market is now expected to expand to top 30,000 tons by 2009. With expanded applications for pressure vessels and wind power generation likely very soon, together with the emergence of a new automobile-related market, the Mitsubishi Rayon Group has decided to start up the new carbonization line. As a result of the enhancement, the production capacity of carbon fibres at the Toyohashi Plant will increase to 5,400 tons per year from the current 3,200 tons per year. Moreover, it is expected that work to boost the production capacity at Grafil Inc. in the United States will be completed by the end of 2005, while outsourcing of production to SGL Carbon Group will start in the second quarter of 2006 as planned. As a result of these initiatives, the production capacity of the Mitsubishi Rayon Group overall will expand to 7,900 to 8,150 tons per year.

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Boeing 777s and 787 Dreamliners for Air Canada

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Air Canada signed a contract with Boeing on Wednesday to upgrade the airline’s fleet with up to 36 Boeing 777s and 60 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, six months after the airline announced a widebody fleet renewal plan. “”We’re extremely pleased to move forward with the renewal of Air Canada’s widebody fleet with these new Boeing airplanes,”” said Robert Milton, president and chief executive officer of ACE Aviation Holdings Inc., Air Canada’s parent company. “”Our analysis of these aircraft confirmed overwhelmingly attractive economics; we estimate the fuel burn and maintenance cost savings alone on the 787 to be approximately 30 per cent versus the 767s they will replace. This is particularly important in the current high-fuel-price environment.”” As with the previous agreement, announced in April, the new contract with Air Canada includes firm orders for 18 777s, plus purchase rights for 18 more, in a yet-to-be-determined mix of the 777 family’s newest models: the 777-300ER, the 777-200LR Worldliner and the newly announced 777 Freighter. Air Canada’s new 777 deliveries will begin in 2007. The order also includes 14 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, plus options and purchase rights for an additional 46 airplanes. Air Canada’s first 787 will be delivered in 2010. The firm orders in the agreement are valued at approximately $6 billion at list prices. “”Our 777s and 787s are uniquely suited to meet Air Canada’s current route structure and growth plans for long-range, non-stop routes for both passengers and cargo,”” said Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “”Operating modern and comfortable 777s and 787s in the same fleet will allow Air Canada to tailor capacity to seasonal demand with two aircraft types that fly the same speed and range, yet offer different seating and cargo capacities.”” Air Canada is the 25th airline to select the 787 Dreamliner, bringing the total number of announced firm orders and commitments to 309. It is claimed that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which has most of it’s primary structure in composites, will use 20 percent less fuel than today’s aircraft of comparable size, as well as providing customers with up to 45 percent more cargo revenue capacity, a new interior environment with higher humidity, wider seats and aisles, larger windows, and other conveniences. Production of the Dreamliner will begin in 2006. First flight is expected in 2007, with certification, delivery and entry into service in 2008. The Boeing 777 family of aircraft continues to evolve with the recent addition of the long-range 777-200LR Worldliner, and the Boeing 777 Freighter. To date, 43 airlines have placed orders for 736 777s.

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£1.5m Transatlantic Composites Partnership

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The UK’s University of Manchester will receive £1.5m over the next two years to develop new composite technologies and materials for future aircraft design in partnership with The University of Washington in Seattle, under a new DTI pilot scheme aimed at establishing world-class UK/US collaborations.

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New Range of Glass Reinforcements from Lintex

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Lintex Europe’s range of glass fabrics now includes multiaxials, woven roving and yarns as well as combinations with chopped strand mat. These materials are made in a new facility situated in the China Warp Knitting Scientific and Industrial Zone 110km east of Shanghai, using state of the art machinery from Liba and Karl Meyer and quality systems to recognized international standards, including ISO 9001, and Lloyds.

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