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News for 12 February 2010


$17.6m Project Could Provide Robotic Retrofit to Ageing Pipe Network

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A team of engineers at UCI are working on robotic technology to rehabilitate the America’s aging water infrastructure.

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Polyurethane Class A Finish Possible with LFI

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Attendees of Composites 2010 were given a first-hand look at an example of a Long Fiber Injection formed component that displayed a Class A finish direct from the mould.

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Nanotek Patents New Nano Graphene Materials

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Nanotek Instruments has been granted a patent for its new high-performing class of meso-porous nanocomposites, which will be produced by Angstron. The technology is based on the company’s breakthrough discovery of nano graphene platelets (NGPs). NGPs offer improved performance properties, which include a combination of very high Young’s modulus, strength and surface area, superior thermal and electrical conductivity, lower density and less weight. Nanotek say that NGPs are also resistant to gas permeation. As a result of these properties, Angstron could help to develop products ranging from fuel cells to structural composite applications. Scientists report that the newly developed nanocomposite provides a superior supercapacitor electrode material for uses that include hybrid electric vehicles, transportation and energy storage. The NGP-based nanocomposite is said to exhibit high levels of capacitance and electrical conductivity as well as demonstrating chemical stability and low mass density. According to Nanotek, both NGPs and NGP-based nanocomposites can be mass produced cost-effectively when compared to carbon nano-tubes and fibers. Supercapacitors containing this advanced material offer the potential to supplement a battery used in an electric car to provide bursts of power needed for rapid acceleration, which has been a significant technical hurdle for the commercial viability of battery-powered cars up to present. In addition, supercapacitors must also be able to store sufficient energy to provide an acceptable driving range. The new NGP-based material makes it possible for a supercapacitor to meet weight and cost targets while combining adequate energy and power with a long cycle life. Angstron will provide the meso-porous NGP nanocomposites in two forms: NGPs coated with a thin layer of conducting polymer or surface functional groups and NGPs bonded by a conductive binder, coating, or matrix material such as a polymeric carbon. The platelets in these products are comprised of a sheet of graphite plane or multiple sheets of graphite plane with a thickness less than 10 nm and an average length, width, or diameter smaller than 500 nm. The binder or matrix material bonded to the platelets to form the nanocomposite material create a surface area greater than 500 m.sup.2/gm. In addition to providing sample materials and scale-up, Angstron partners with customers to help manufacturers identify optimal designs to help manufacturers harness the advantages of nano compositions and manufacturing processes.

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KMT Robotic and EINA Form Post-Mould Automation Alliance

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KMT Robotic Solutions and EINA Estudios de Ingeniería Adaptada have formed an alliance to offer post-mould automation solutions to Wind Turbine Blade manufacturers.

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Collaboration Aims to Make Air Travel Greener

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Carbon emissions from air travel could be reduced thanks to a £1.4million collaboration between engineers from the Universities of Bristol and Bath and the aerospace industry.

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Interplastic Announce New Eco Series Resins

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The resins contain both post-consumer recycled material and rapidly renewable material and contribute to LEED points according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). These Silmar brand resins are reported to have excellent thermal shock performance, consistent colour, strong cure properties and a resistance to cracking during fabrication. Interplastic say that this series of green resins are particularly suited to new construction, remodeling, and other cast polymer applications. “These products provide our customers the ability to place green cast polymer marble, solid surface and engineered stone in the hands of builders and architects. Having cast surfaces that can be LEED Certified is a plus that will pull in valuable business” explains Daryl Francis, Business Manager, Marble/Casting Products. SIL90BA-220ECO is an unsaturated polyester resin designed for general purpose cast marble applications that has 5.5% rapidly renewable content and 15% post-consumer recycled. SIL93BE-330ECO is an unsaturated polyester resin designed for solid surface applications, is acrylic modified and contains UV stabilizers. This resin has 5.5% rapidly renewable content and 15% post-consumer recycled. SIL90BA-585ECO is an unsaturated polyester resin based on Silmar’s trademark “585” cast marble product line applications. The rapidly renewable content for this resin is 26%.

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Nicos Celebrates Chairman’s Award

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Nicos Polymers Group is celebrating winning the “”Chairman’s Award”” from GPEC 2010 Environmental Awards, recognizing “”Sustainability & Recycling: Raising the Bar in Today’s Economy.”” Nicos Polymers Group received this award for the innovation of a proprietary process for the removal of continuous fibre reinforcement from flexible composites, allowing for a clean recovery of the polymer substrate. The process, originally developed for reclaiming PVC from garden hose, is also said to yield excellent results with industrial hoses, single-ply roofing membrane (both TPO and PVC based), and architectural wall coverings. Nicos Polymers Group reclaims an estimated 11 million pounds of material per year though this process and this number is expected to increase as sustainability continues to be a driving force in manufacturing and demand remains high for recycled materials. The award will be presented during the SPE’s Global Plastics Environmental Conference March 8-10, 2010 at The Florida Hotel & Conference Center, Orlando, Florida.

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