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News for September 2009


ESI expands its ISO 9001:2008 Certifications Worldwide With a Focus on Asia

4th September 2009 0 comments

ESI Group has recently been awarded an ISO 9001:2008 certification for its two main subsidiaries in China and Japan. These additional certifications recognise advances in the companies Quality Management Systems, providing software solutions, training, technical support, and related consultancy in the field of Simulation-Based Design. ESI Group’s software development entity earned its first ISO 9001 certification in 2000. “”The fundamental prerequisite for any business success is the focus on customers and the fulfilment of their requirements – especially in terms of quality”, said Dominique Grolade, Corporate Quality Manager at ESI Group. “The extension of our certification perimeter highlights ESI’s focus on customer requirements. This shared culture of quality is fundamental in continuing to satisfy requirements for our core customer base and for increasingly diverse domains and industries such as Energy, Powertrain, Electronics and Defense,” SHE ADDED. “The recent ISO certifications in Asia are important steps as ESI Group moves towards a global Quality Management System”, stated Dr. Christopher St John, CEO of the Asia Pacific territory, ESI Group. “ESI is on the path to a unified method of operations worldwide; assuring consistent practices and a high level of expertise at every level in our organization. Very importantly, these certifications are also pre-requisites for the services projects which we are now undertaking for the re-invigorated Nuclear Power industry in Asia”.

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Composiflex Expands Capabilities to Produce Lightweight Electronics Enclosures

4th September 2009 0 comments

Composiflex has recently been approached by a number of military electronics equipment manufacturers who are looking to improve their range of man-portable devices. Electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, thermal management, and radiolucence are among the design requirements of military and avionics applications. Additional factors such as impact and abrasion resistance, which are common problems in portable use. One of the main challenges was to devise an effective combination of fibre, resin, lay-up, and processing method to address MIL-STD 810 drop test requirements. Although fibre-reinforced polymer composites are not inherently impact resistant, Composiflex say they have produced test samples which have survived a 48” drop test, under various loads, with positive results – no cracking or visible damage of any kind. Testing continues with samples representative of enclosure corners and edges. Several methods of achieving EMI shielding have been successfully used with composite materials. The actual material and process selected varies with the relevant frequency range, the required attenuation, and the geometric features of the enclosure. Options include plating, conductive paints, foils, meshes, and specialty composite materials. Thermal management is not a consideration for every application. When it is a factor, the topic requires more specialized attention than the other aspects of composite enclosure design. Methods chosen are dependent upon the heat gradient and the chosen mode(s) of heat transfer. In order to address this aspect of electronics enclosure design, Composiflex has partnered with an expert in thermal management for composite structures. Composiflex is also partnering with a local electronics contract manufacturer, as well as a manufacturer of elastomeric shock mounts. A company spokesperson said that these alliances will allow Composiflex to provide more value-added services to customers who prefer to receive complete sub-assemblies, including some level of electronic component. By using fibre-reinforced polymer enclosures, customers and manufacturers hope to gain significant weight reductions not easily achieved using more conventional engineering materials, which will improve portability of the finished product.

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Plasti-Fab Launches Guardian Industrial Shelter Line

4th September 2009 0 comments

Plasti-Fab have officially launched their new line of Guardian Shelters in conjunction with their corresponding web site (http://www.industrialshelters.com), solely dedicated to customizing and purchasing the shelters online.

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Lotus’ Exige Increases Performance through Extensive Use of Composite Components

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The 2010 Model Year Lotus Exige Cup 260 incorporates innovations used in the Lotus Exige GT3 racing car and combines these with improved, “class leading emissions”, according to Lotus. Lotus say that this improved model takes the design and aerodynamic changes first introduced on the Exige S earlier this year to enhance the look and improve aerodynamic performance. At the rear, the lightweight, unpainted carbon chord composite rear wing is based on the design from the Exige GT3 concept car. Manufacturers claim that this version has better stiffness and through a redesign it increases stability, reduces drag and improves downforce. The front end includes a larger, more angular air intake to help funnel more air through the radiator, to improve the efficiency of the engine. Ahead of the front wheels on either side of the main aperture, two larger air intakes increase the airflow to the twin oil coolers. Horizontal vanes, made from lightweight carbon fibre bisect these oil cooler air-intakes to stabilise the airflow to further increase the cooling efficiency. Mounted below the three air intakes is a new aerodynamic splitter for the 2010 Model Year Exige. Once again made from lightweight carbon chord composite, the splitter is extended to wrap around the whole of the front end and chiselled side lips are raised to deflect air around the tyres to reduce drag. The use of Carbon Fibre composite has achieved an overall weight saving of 12kg. It is featured in the following areas: ▪ Roof Panel ▪ FIA and HANS compliant driver and passenger seats ▪ One piece carbon fibre dash top panel ▪ Rear tailgate ▪ Centre tunnel ▪ Front access panels ▪ Front splitter (carbon chord) ▪ Side air intake ducts ▪ Rear spoiler (carbon chord) Roger Becker, Director of Vehicle Engineering for Lotus said, “The Lotus Exige Cup 260 is the epitome of the Lotus brand philosophy of performance through lightweight. Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus, once said ‘Adding power makes you faster on the straights; subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere’ and the Exige Cup 260 totally proves this, being one of the most exhilarating, focussed and pure sportscars on the road today.” 22kg of weight savings were made elsewhere in this design, subtracting weight from areas such as the battery, the wheels and the subframe. Recommended retail price for the 1010 Exige is £45,000.

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Denton Turns to Composite Technology

4th September 2009 0 comments

Denton, Texas, recently completed its installation of a 4,700 feet sewer line based upon composite pipe technology. The line, which was made from 48-inch underground piping, was designed and processed using Flowtite technology along with Vipel unsaturated polyester resin.

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PPG Introduces HYBON 2026 Fibre Glass Roving for Wind Market

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PPG Industries has introduced HYBON 2026 fibre glass roving, for use in wind energy and other global markets. This product enables manufacturers to make larger wind turbine blades, which could help to increase turbines’ energy output. Manufactured by PPG at five locations – three in the United States; one in Wigan, England, U.K.; and one in Zibo, Shandong Province, China, that is a joint venture of PPG and Sinoma Jinjing Fiber Glass – HYBON 2026 fibre glass roving reinforces composites used to create longer, lighter turbine blades. According to PPG, HYBON 2026 has been designed to work with a variety of resin systems, providing customers with versatility in design and engineering. “Customers have reported higher tensile strength and fatigue performance when using HYBON 2026,” says Cheryl Richards, PPG global market manager, wind energy. “It achieves these results in both epoxy and next-generation-technology vinyl ester resins.”

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2009 JEC Asia Conferences and Forums: Composites for Better Living

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JEC has recently announced the full line-up for their 2009 Asia Conferences and Forums event. With the emphasis on ‘Composites for Better Living’, the meeting will centre on wind energy, automotive and mass transportation and construction and civil engineering. The conference programme is to feature the following: Technical Conference: Composites Design for Aircraft and Wind Turbines The three-hour forum aims to provide composite engineers with most modern methods, tools and data to design and produce competitive and durable structures. Organisers say that prior experience in composites is desired but not necessary. Economic Conference: How to make business more successfully and safely with the composite Asian markets This will cover the following topics: ▪Markets, figures, key players ▪Trends and growth drivers ▪ Legal aspects: Intellectual property and International trade 1) The trends of “composite application” in Japan JRPS, Mr. Kanemasa Nomaguchi, Board Member, International Exchanging Committee 2) Sustainable Development for Chinese Composites Industry CHINA COMPOSITES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION – Ms. Lu Qin, Secretary General 3) The Industry in Malaysia MALAYSIAN COMPOSITES ASSOCIATION – Mr. Habibur Rahman Ibrahim,Chairman 4) The Indian Composites Market: present scenario and future outlook MECHEMCO GROUP – Mr. Pradip Thakkar, Chairman – FRP INSTITUTE INDIA, Vice Chairman FRP INSTITUTE, INDIA – Dr. A.Selvam, Executive Secretary 5) The Korean Composites industry Korea Institute of Materials Science – Dr. Byung Sun Kim, Director 6) Intellectual Property: legal Aspects of Today’s Global Business Dealings WINSTON & STRAWN LLP – Mr. Richard P. Gilly, Partner 7) International Trade: legal Aspects of Today’s Global Business Dealings WINSTON & STRAWN LLP – Mr. Daniel L. Porter, Partner Aeronautics Forum – Composites in MRO: Challenges and possibilities This will cover the following topics: ▪ Detection of defects ▪ Effective repair processes ▪ Modelling ▪ Upgrading of function and materials 1) The future aircraft maintenance of CFRP structural parts DLR – Mr. Martin Wiedemann, Head of Research Institute 2) Visual Untrasonic, Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation Techniques for Carbon Fibre-Reinforced Composites BEIJING AERONAUTICAL MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE – Prof. Liu Songping, Non destructive Testing Center 3) Product and process development for out-of-autoclave (OOA) manufacture of aerospace structures HEXCEL – Mr. Gill Harvinder, Technical Support Engineer, South Asia Pacific 4) Is your MRO Facility ready for positive repairs? HEATCON COMPOSITE SYSTEMS – Mr. Dave Brewer, Technical Services Division and Government Programs 5) Methodology of reducing certain manufacturing defects in a composite material process UNIMAP – Mr. Iqbal Hussain Muhammad, Manufacturing Manager 6) Modeling barely visible impact damage and analysing its effects on the compression after impact strength of composites structures DASSAULT SYSTEMES – Mr. Satish Gandhi, Engineering Specialist, Strategy and Marketing 7) Carbon nanotube based composites for aerospace applications NANOCYL – Mr. Thibaud Vaugien, Sales & Marketing Manager and Mr. Ajay Godara, Researcher Wind Energy Forum – Composites in Wind Energy: from financing, material selection to maintenance This will cover the following topics: ▪ Financing the market ▪ Value chain: from material, testing, repair & maintenance ▪ Advanced materials & technologies ▪ Case study: domestic wind solutions This will cover the following topics: 1) Financing the Wind Turbine VESTAS ASIA PACIFIC – Mr. Naveen Raghavan Balachandran, Business Development Manager This will cover the following topics: 2) Value Chain of WT industry and its technology strategies VESTAS TECHNOLOGY R&D – Dr. Srikanath Narasimalu, Director, Aero-Mechanists Systems 3) Advanced epoxy resin technology for windmill blade NAGASE CHEMTEX CORPORATION – Mr. Takahiro Nishiguchi, R&D Manager 4) Nanotechnology for toughened araldite systems HUNTSMAN ADVANCED MATERIALS – Mr. Chang Chih, Technology Manager 5) POSS-Modified Clays and Their Potential Applications as Reinforcements in Epoxy-Based Composites NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (NTU) – Dr. Xuehong Lu 6) Adhesive technologies for the next generation of blades HENKEL – Mr. Richard Beck, Global Market Manager, Global Wind Energy and Frekote Market Manager 7) Optimizing the next generation of high efficiency Wind Turbines HUSH – Mr. Patrick Glynn, Research and Development Consultant Hush Wind Power Ltd Automotive & Mass Transportation Forum: Virtual, lighter and greener composites solutions This will cover the following topics: ▪ The virtual vehicle ▪ Composites new properties & applications ▪ Energy savings in Transportation ▪ The green vehicle 1) The Effect of Recession on the Automotive Industry in the Emerging Markets BCH (India) – Mrs. Ritika Gupta, Executive Director 2) The Virtual Vehicle: Case Studies in NVH, Durability, Safety and Handling MSC. SOFTWARE ASIA – Mr. Winston Vigil, Technical Lead Manager 3) One single instrument for multiple capabilities in composite dynamic testing 01DB-METRAVIB / DMA DIVISION – Mr. Arnaud Favier, International Sales Manager, DMA Products and Consulting 4) Case studies: Innovation in composite CNG Cylinders, High Performance Reinforcement for vehicle up armouring Case Study 1: OCV (THAILAND). CO., LTD – Mr. Thierry Deconninck, High Performance Reinforcements Technical Support, Asia Pacific – How innovative High-Performance Fiberglass participates to the mass development of CNG cylinders Case Study 2: OCV (INDIA) – Mr. Jitendra Godse, Country Leader, (Technical Services High Performance Reinforcements) – Newly developed High performance reinforcements imparts composites unique blast and ballistic protection properties. – Stronger, Lighter and Affordable structural and Armor solution 5) Large area vapor grown carbon fiber mats for use in highly thermally conductive composite heat spreaders NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY – Prof. Jyh-Ming Ting, Materials, Science & Engineering Department 6) Energy saving strategy in transportation by CFRP THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO – Prof. Dr. Eng. Jun Takahashi, Department of Systems Innovation, School of Engineering 7) The latest application of the foam cored sandwich structure in China automotive and railway car EVONIK DEGUSSA CO.,LTD – Mr. Hu Pei, Director, Film and Foam Product, Asia Pacific 8) Development of car components using Natural Fibres and a new evolution in biomaterials TOYOTA AUTO BODY CO., LTD – Mr. Nishimura Takuya, Project Manager Construction & Civil Engineering forum: Meet the huge Asian demand ▪ Success of GRP pipes over conventional pipes ▪ Revolutionary pipes production & applications ▪ Maintenance, Repair & Rehabilitation 1) Composites working in construction PLA, PLASTIC LINING ASSOCIATION – Mr. Kanemasa Nomaguchi, President 2) Success of GRP Pre-insulated piping in District Cooling Industry ABU DHABI PIPE FACTORY LLC – Mr. Lal Abdul Salam, Operations Manager 3) Advancements in GRP pipes production AUTONATIONAL B.V. – Mr. Marc Vlug, Commercial Director 4) New Techniques for the Repair of Concrete and Steel Structures in the Mining and Construction Sector SUMITOMO AUSTRALIA – Mr. Christian Marston, Department Manager 5) FRPM pipes for earthquake-resistance and rehabilitation KURIMOTO PLASTICS CO.,LTD. – Mr. Noritaka Ono, R&D Manager, International Department 6) Case studies: the 1st free standing all composite structure DK COMPOSITES – Mr. Habibur Rahman Ibrahim, Director

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VS6C – New System for Injection of Single Component Resins

4th September 2009 0 comments

Magnum Venus Plastech (MVP) has released a new system for the injection of single component resins – the V6SC ThermoJect Injection System. The system has already been sent for field testing and the results are reported to exceed the expectations of MVP. The New V6SC ThermoJect Injection System is said to provide control of pressure and flow with accurate temperature control prior to reaching the mould cavity. The water temperature control approach aims to ensure that there are no overheating issues, which provides longer pot life of unused resin. MVP says that because the V6SC ThermoJect is powered entirely by pneumatics, it is more rugged and safer to operate. The hot water temperature control source can be placed many meters away from the moulding area and connected to the machine by 10mm flexible pipes. Pressure control set point can be infinitely adjusted between 0.5 and 10 bar utilising a unique, all pneumatic pressure control circuit to govern the machines output. All resin fluid sections, including the pump, external pipes and flow direction valves and pressure control system, are temperature controlled using a common recirculation flow of hot water. This system can go from start-up to optimal heat in approximately 15 minutes. MVP say that the system’s actuated valve control allows instant resin test samples to be taken to quantify bubble free/de-gassed resin and pumped flow efficiency. To operate, the system needs only a clean air supply, and MVP can supply the temperature control day tank, and a remote PID controlled water heating system, which assists in meeting ATEX and CE standards.

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Johnson Controls Uses MuCell on Mercedes Benz

4th September 2009 0 comments

Johnson Controls has successfully employed the MuCell Process in conjunction with other advanced technologies to produce the door panel carrier for the Mercedes Benz E-Class to win the Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Interiors Award. The MuCell Microcellular Foam technology is a complete process and equipment technology that enables the production of plastic parts. MuCell Technology involves the use of precisely metered quantities of atmospheric gases (nitrogen or carbon dioxide) in any of the three most common thermoplastic conversion processes (injection moulding, extrusion, blow moulding) to create millions of nearly invisible microcells in the end product. Manufacturers claim that the creation of these microcellular structures brings a wide array of benefits including reduced weight, reduced material usage and reduced production costs. The MuCell process is primarily employed in the injection molding process to produce lower cost precision parts with a consistently high quality and exceptional dimensional stability, where foaming has not historically been deployed. Dr. Hartmut Traut, European Director for Trexel commented, “Johnson Controls’ innovation strategy was to utilize the MuCell process to enable other technologies. The company’s ability to use the MuCell process to take advantage of many advanced design rules proves that higher quality products have cost and weight saving potentials.” Johnson Controls say that the MuCell Process not only allowed for significant weight-savings, as well as a thinner wall design for the door panel, but also provided improved dimensional stability while reducing cycle times. The company were able to use low injection pressures by using the MuCell Process to inject foamed material behind a PP Thin Film in a single injection step, thereby eliminating problems associated with a second processing step. JCI was able to mould thinner wall sections in the map pocket, while meeting all performance specifications. By using MuCell technology, Johnson Controls say they gained several advantages: thinner wall construction through lower resin viscosity; rib to wall ratios of 1:1 thereby reinforcing thinner wall construction without creating sink marks; and the elimination of requiring the application of pack and hold pressure with high clamp tonnage requirement, thereby creating a friendlier environment for in-mould decorating.

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Chinese Ambassador Visits Advanced Composites

9th September 2009 0 comments

Advanced Composites Group recently welcomed Her Excellency (HE), Madame Fu Ying, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, to its Derbyshire, UK facility.

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