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Load-Bearing Thermoplastic Technology Subject of Study

  • Friday, 2nd October 2009
  • Reading time: about 2 minutes

Benefits of Axion’s thermoplastic technology were the subject of a recently completed research paper put together in a collaboration between Rutgers University, School of Engineering and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Entitled “Thermoplastic Composites as Degradation-Resistant Material Systems for Timber Bridge Designs”, the research paper details the evolution of thermoplastic load-bearing vehicular bridges from the first structure in 1998, to the most recent bridges at Fort Bragg, which are the first known recycled plastic structures of their kind capable of supporting over 70 tons.

The paper describes the evolution of these materials, their durability, and the design factors that make these materials attractive, sustainable alternatives to chemically treated-wood.

The technology, which was developed in conjunction with scientists at Rutgers University, has resulted in 100% recycled plastic materials that are the first known structural products of their kind that can support heavy loads. These structural building materials can be utilized in a number of industrial applications, including bridge infrastructure.

“This research paper is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the background and cost-saving characteristics of our high-load thermoplastic technology,” remarks James Kerstein, Chief Executive Officer of Axion International. “Whether read by engineers, investors, or environmentally conscious individuals, anyone should be able to appreciate the superior load bearing capacity, the significant cost savings, and the incredibly positive impact on the environment these bridges can make compared with chemically treated wood.”

Mr. Kerstein added, “We believe the timing of our technology is ideal, with infrastructure and the environment becoming critical concerns for industry as well as local, state and federal governments.”

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