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Commercialising High-Performance Composites with Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes

Commercialising High-Performance Composites with Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes

  • Tuesday, 12th December 2017
  • Reading time: about 3 minutes

OCSiAl’s Nanoaugmented Materials Industry Summit gathered together around 400 industry players from 30 countries to learn more about producing high performance nano-augmented materials with single wall carbon nanotubes.

The world’s largest developed markets are always on the lookout for innovative technologies and they are highly motivated to gain competitive advantages by applying single wall carbon nanotubes.

“Tests conducted by one of our clients – a Chinese carbon fibre bicycle manufacturer – have demonstrated increased fracture toughness and interlaminar shear strength,” reported Zhijun Liu, General Manager of Hongkong Haiyi Enterprise Development.

The company has recently rolled out nanotube-based concentrates, providing the Chinese composites market with this new technology.

Romesh Kaul, CEO – Stampings, Forgings & Composites Businesses, Mahindra CIE Automotive, discussed the solutions that the company has developed while working with OCSiAl over the last two years.

“We have made breakthroughs in an electrical composites application with TUBALL, which we will commercialise shortly,” he said. “The tests we conducted on an application requiring impact strength revealed higher strength with TUBALL. For the automotive segment we see mechanical strength, impact strength, electrical semi-conducting, light weight and surface coating as the key applications.”

BÜFA Composite Systems has developed and launched a line of commercial products containing TUBALL nanotubes, including gel-coats, GRP tooling, products made by a filament winding technique, SMC and BMC.

“Another application is in conductive additives for composite tanks, where TUBALL requires a lower dosage but provides better chemical resistance, lower viscosity, no reactivity drift and low contamination compared with the black powder of carbon black,” explained Elmar Greiff, Project Leader for Nanocomposites of BÜFA Composite Systems. “One big point for our customers is easier processing without requiring any special equipment.”

Acknowledging the fact that health and safety issues are a linchpin in any transformation of new technology into mainstream industry, OCSiAl continues its responsible approach to health, safety and environmental issues. At the summit, the company briefed its partners on the latest results received from independent laboratories, including confirmation that no nanotubes are released during utilisation of materials augmented with TUBALL.

“OCSiAl is planning to invest further in additional H&S and environmental studies because we are committed to taking the lead in raising the transparency of nanotube management and to supporting our clients’ efforts in boosting their applications in a wide range of industries, including consumable products,” confirmed Gunther Van Kerckhove, OCSiAl’s EHS Lead Manager.

Shanghai has been chosen as the venue for the Nanoaugmented Materials Industry Summit in 2018.

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