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Lockheed Martin Successful In Composite Tank Test

8th January 2009 0 comments

Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems successfully completed testing of an unlined liquid oxygen (LOX) compatible composite tank, thus demonstrating cryogenic containment to 5000 micro-strain (250 psig). The testing was completed on December 12 at the Cryogenics Test Laboratory at Kennedy Space Center by a NASA/ASRC Aerospace Corporation/Lockheed Martin team. The 54-inch diameter tank had pax1sreviously been tested up to 2700 micro-strain (112 psig) including a total of 68 cryogenic cycles and 290 pressure cycles, and demonstrated Lockheed Martin’s liquid oxygen compatibility approach. “This test program has demonstrated a LOX compatible material system at a structural level needed to achieve the weight targets for higher performance composite structures on future space programs,” said David Achary, senior manager, Composite Programs & Technologies. The 5000 micro strain data from the recent test provides the data needed to further ground the design and analytical models being used in support of the FAST (Future Responsive Access to Space Technologies) Airframe Ground Experiment, in which Lockheed Martin is currently developing designs for a composite cryogenic tank as part of an integrated airframe ground test article for the Air Force Research Laboratory. As a result of the success, the test team will perform follow-on tests to explore high micro-strain capability in excess of the required 5000 micro-strain level to provide additional test data for future composite cryogenic tanks.

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Umeco Acquisition of Industria Plastica Monregalese

8th January 2009 0 comments

Umeco has acquired Industria Plastica Monregalese (IPM) from its private shareholders for €16.8 million. IPM is a manufacturer and supplier of vacuum bagging films for the composites industry and other markets. The consideration will be funded from existing facilities. IPM had net debt of €13.0 million as at 30 November 2008, which it is currently anticipated will remain in place. Consideration of €12.8 million will be payable on completion, with €4.0 million being held in escrow pending any warranty claims. In the year to 31 December 2007, Italian-based IPM reported revenues of €24.3 million, EBITDA of €2.4 million, and PBT of €0.5 million. At 31 December 2007 it had gross assets of €17.6 million. Clive Snowdon, Chief Executive of Umeco, said: “The acquisition of IPM is a key element of our strategy to maintain and develop our high global market share in composite curing materials for the wind energy market. Using IPM’s vacuum bagging film, we have captured a significant share of this market. However, wind energy currently accounts for just 6% of Group sales and the scope for growth is very exciting. Not only does IPM secure a strategic important source of material supply, but it also provides us with the technology platform to establish the necessary local presence in other key markets. The further growth of our Composites activities, which is focused on the aerospace, wind energy and automotive markets, is a core element of our Group strategy. Following our investment of some £33m in the acquisitions of JD Lincoln and Primco over the past two years, today’s development represents a further important step forward.”

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Scott Bader Crestomer Structural Adhesives Training Day In Norway

8th January 2009 0 comments

A Crestomer structural adhesives training workshop for boat builders was recently organised by Scott Bader Scandinavia AB and Hans Claussen AS, the Scott Bader distributor for Norway. The training workshop was held at one of the Windy Boats factories in Norway. Windy is one of the leading GRP boat builders in Scandinavia. The workshop was attended by 17 key technical and production people from leisure and lifeboat producers in Norway. The training, which included live application demonstrations, focused on teaching GRP boat builders the benefits of using Crystic Crestomer structural adhesive products in a range of applications including bonding stringers into a hull, bulk head bonding and deck to hull bonding as well as the significant improvements in productivity and adhesive waste reduction during application by using an automated GS LWX metering and dispensing machine to apply the Crestomer adhesive. One application demonstration using the GS machine reduced the Crestomer adhesive usage from 90kg by hand mixing to 60kg for stringer bonding of a 44ft powerboat; the total time to bond in the stringer set, including surface wipe, adhesive dispensing, laying in the stringer and back filling, was also dramatically reduced by 62% to only 90 minutes, using a team of six people. Mr Frode Ilebekk, Production Manager of Sørlandets plast Industri, who attended the training, commented “We have seen big advantages with the use of the equipment demonstrated during the workshop. The correct amount of Crestomer is applied and results in less material used in total compared to previous application by hand.” Mr Ilebekk went on to say “Crestomer is an excellent product for bonding big structures like this grid. It is a very user friendly material and we can see big advantages with using this Crestomer material from Scott Bader.”

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Brazil – Redelease Sponsors the National Composites Recycling Program

8th January 2009 0 comments

Brazilian distributor of raw material for thermoset and thermoplastic industries, Redelease is one of the sponsors of the National Composites Recycling Program. The project has the financing of Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) and aims to reduce the volume of waste discarded by the Brazilian composites segment, currently estimated in 13,000 tons per year from process tailing and defective parts. According to Abmaco, such volume represents an annual waste of approximately R$ 90 million (US$ 40 million). “The composites versatility implies in its use by hundreds of types of market, from the simplest to the most technical. Because that there is no uniform position from the segment concerning recycling”, analyzes Roberto Iacovella, Redelease CEO. The company is the sole distributor of raw materials to be part of the relation between the sponsors that invested, each one, R$ 80 thousand to make viable such Abmaco and IPT project. Overall, the National Composites Recycling Program is the development of technologies that allow the use of residues generated in the composites processing by its own processors. “As an example of international experiences, the project represents a collective action, partnership type, to be performed by the segments companies and coordinated by the partnership between Abmaco and IPT”, says Gilmar Lima, Association’s president. Among several actions towards the environment, Redelease started to provide a few types of semi-permanent release agents in bulk, thus reducing the volume of packaging discarded by its customers. “We also added to our portfolio several water-based products, replacing traditional solvents harmful to the environment”, recalls Iacovella.

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Reichhold Launches New Products at Feiplar

8th January 2009 0 comments

Feiplar was the venue chosen by Reichhold to announce new products launched this year, bringing innovation, services and technology to the South America region. Gelcoat Norpol SVG: in line with good practices of sustainable development, Reichhold developed this new line of gelcoats Norpol SVG characterized by significant VOC reduction into the environment and the ease application under different conditions of temperature.. Norpol VBC Barriercoat: this technology developed by Reichhold helps to reduce fibre print-through and obtain a smoother surface on the finished laminate with resistance to blistering (osmotic blisters). Its application is made through conventional equipment used for gelcoats. Polylite 33220-00: this new resin Reichhold developed for the vacuum infusion process mostly used for marine and automotive markets. This resin provides low contraction, reducing the effect of print-through and its low viscosity allows excellent wet out of glass fibres. Aligned to what was presented at the booth, Reichhold had six technical lectures at the congress also performed three technical live demonstrations on RTM Light, Vacuum Infusion, and Filament Winding processes.

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PPG Fiber Glass Names Euroresins as Pan-European Distributor

8th January 2009 0 comments

Euroresins will become the leading distributor of PPG’s chopped-strand mat and spray-up roving across Europe.

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Vermont Composites Adds Resin Transfer Moulding Technology

8th January 2009 0 comments

Vermont Composites has added low pressure Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) equipment to their manufacturing resources. The company is currently using it to develop “RTM Light” capabilities on a selection of parts. RTM is the process of infusing resin under pressure into dry fibres preformed and preplaced in a closed cavity mould. “RTM offers the potential of lower costs on certain higher volume parts,” said Jim Sharkey, Executive Vice President & General Manager, “and VCI will soon be able to offer the benefits of this option to our customers where applicable.” VCI designs and fabricates advanced composite structures for the aerospace, medical and industrial markets.

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New Composite Crush Simulation Technology from Dassault Systèmes

8th January 2009 0 comments

Dassault Systèmes (DS) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, have made available CZone for Abaqus, from the DS SIMULIA brand, for simulating crushing of composite materials. CZone for Abaqus, a new add-on product for Abaqus FEA software, enables engineers to accelerate the design and evaluation of energy-absorbing composite components and assemblies. Based on technology from UK-based Engenuity Ltd., the new product provides the ability to study the crushing behaviour of composite structures in automobiles, helicopters, aircraft, trains, and other transport vehicles to protect occupants and cargo from shock or injury during severe impact. Energy-absorbing composite structures offer the possibility of increased safety at a lower cost of both initial manufacture and repair—for example, through modular, replaceable front and rear assemblies. “Bentley Motors has plans to incorporate more composite structure materials into our premium automobiles,” stated Antony Dodworth, Principal Research Manager at Bentley Motors Limited. “Before embarking on the development of costly vehicle prototypes, we need to have simulation technology that enables us to have confidence in predicting the crashworthiness of composite-intensive structures that is comparable to what we have today for evaluating steel structures. The combination of CZone and Abaqus will provide us this critical simulation tool.” “CZone for Abaqus links the unique composite crushing technology developed by Engenuity with the industry-leading composites capabilities already available from SIMULIA in our Abaqus FEA software,” notes Dale Berry, Director of Technical Marketing for SIMULIA. “Together, they offer a comprehensive insight into the crashworthiness performance of an entire structure, including both the crush front and the back-up structure.” “This integrated solution will provide significant value to the automotive and aerospace industries by enabling them to accelerate the design cycle and lower the costs of including new composite materials in their vehicles,” stated Graham Barnes, Director of Engenuity. “Additionally, the robust simulation solution will help them develop safer products capable of absorbing crash energy through composite crushing.” Engenuity’s CZone technology includes direct implementation of crush-based element force generation and failure for defined “crush zones,” which are typically located at the forward edges of a product. CZone for Abaqus determines the extent of composite material crushing as well as other modes of potential failure—such as composite delamination, fracture, and buckling.

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Composites Lab Adds Waterjet Cutter

8th January 2009 0 comments

The Composites & Advanced Materials Lab at the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University has extended its machining capabilities with the addition of a 4’ by 4’ WaterjetPRO cutting table. The abrasive waterjet cutting system includes a 30-horsepower pump that pressurizes water up to 60,000 pounds per square inch, with UltraPierce Vacuum Assist technology for cutting brittle and laminated materials like composites, and a state-of-the-art CNC controller that allows a virtually unlimited choice of CAD/CAM or nesting programs. “The waterjet cutting system will be primarily used for coupon preparation in most of our material qualification programs, as we transition away from a labor-intensive process to a more efficient way of cutting test coupons out of composite test panels,” said Kim-Leng Poon, manager of the Composites Lab Machine Shop. “It will also be used to facilitate some of our in-house test fixture fabrication and modification. This is a great add-on to our lab in terms of machining capabilities.”

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Baytubes Now Available in the United States

8th January 2009 0 comments

Bayer MaterialScience has obtained regulatory approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Baytubes, its multi-walled carbon nanotubes. The approval enables the company to sell Baytubes on the American market, and covers Baytubes C 150 P and HP grades; the product is manufactured in a plant in Laufenburg, Germany, with an annual capacity of 60 metric tons. “The EPA approval enables us to extend our commercial-scale activities already active in Europe and Asia to the United States. We can take Baytubes out of the lab and onto the market, working with our customers to develop new applications. Naturally, we will systematically continue our intensive and constructive cooperation with the U.S. authorities in order to ensure that both we and our customers comply with all the statutory requirements at all times,” said Martin Schmid, who is in charge of Baytubes activities at Bayer MaterialScience in Leverkusen. “Introducing commercial volumes of Baytubes to the U.S. market represents a milestone and offers tangible proof of Bayer’s global commitment to this innovative technology,” added Joseph D. Ventura, business development manager at Bayer MaterialScience LLC. Baytubes can be added to polymer matrices or metal systems as a modifier or filler to improve their mechanical strength and/or antistatic properties, and are already used in epoxy, thermoplastic and coating systems. The product’s applications include sports equipment – ranging from skis and surfboards to hockey sticks and baseball bats – along with other injection-molded and extruded components such as rotor blades for wind turbines. A further innovative application for Baytubes is modifying light metals such as aluminum and magnesium.

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