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News for May 2011


New Innovation Centre at Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing

12th May 2011 0 comments

A new Innovation Centre has opened at the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM) facility in Knoxfield to help spur new opportunities in innovation and research for Victoria’s manufacturing industry. The centre was officially opened by the Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla- Riva who said the facility will draw international projects and focus to Victoria, promoting local industry capabilities and reinforcing the state’s position as the manufacturing hub of Australia. “”Since its formation in 2002, VCAMM has assisted a large number of Victorian companies build their innovation potential and helped orchestrate the resources needed to develop and commercialise globally-relevant new technologies,”” Mr Dalla-Riva said. “”The centre’s support of new technology development and assistance for high technology businesses, including small start-ups and SMEs, will create valuable, high tech jobs in Victoria.”” VCAMM Chief Executive Officer Brad Dunstan said the Innovation Centre will accommodate around 50 staff members from a mix of small start-up companies and larger, established organisations that will work in a flexible environment to undertake advanced engineering projects. “”This new centre represents the next step in the evolution of the VCAMM mission. It will provide a focal point for industry and research collaboration, assisting VCAMM in its role to coordinate interaction in the advanced materials and advanced manufacturing arena, allowing enterprises to develop technologies in a unique incubative environment,”” Mr Dunstan said. VCAMM Ltd is a not-for-profit company representing a consortium of public research and development organisations, and facilitates technology development and commercialisation for Australian manufacturing businesses.

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WebCore Introduces New Product for Utility Scale Wind Turbine Blades

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WebCore Technologies has introduced Tycor W5, the newest addition to its Tycor W family of fibre-reinforced composite core material solutions for utility wind turbine blades. The new product expands the reinforcement architecture and manufacturing technology of the GL-certified Tycor W line by adding higher shear properties balanced in the L- and T-directions. Tycor W5 was developed to meet special design needs for current and future blade projects and is especially suited to the unique needs of longer, heavier blades. According to WebCore, Tycor W5 offers high transverse shear strength for local areas of high stress and provides high, balanced transverse shear stiffness suited for thin, highly-loaded shear webs and shells. “”The addition of Tycor W5 to our product line-up for wind turbine blades enables design engineers to optimize sandwich designs for both existing and new blades,”” says Doug Ventura, CEO for WebCore. “”As wind turbines continue to increase in size and output, engineers are being tasked to keep costs and weight down while developing longer, higher-performance blades able to withstand difficult operating conditions. Tycor W5 addresses these needs.”” WebCore say that Tycor W5 can be specified quickly as an alternative to balsa because the composite core’s balanced shear modulus allows for a direct comparison with and substitution of the wood product.

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ORPC Contracts with Firehole for Structural Analysis

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Firehole Composites’ Engineering Services branch has been awarded a contract by Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) for structural analysis of their patented TidGen advanced design cross flow turbine.

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Cytec Joins IMAST Research Consortium

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Cytec’s Engineered Materials business has joined IMAST, an Italian technology cluster that enables collaboration between researchers and engineers to develop polymer and composite material solutions.

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New AOC Resin for Smoother, Lower Cost Tooling

12th May 2011 0 comments

AOC have launched MoldTru LPT-68000 low-profile tooling resin designed to reduce the cost of Class A tools for open moulding, resin transfer moulding and resin infusion. AOC say that they have chemists engineered a special additive technology that gives the new tooling resin near-zero shrink, which ensures that the mould surface is a precise replica of the master model’s surface. “”Because MoldTru LPT-68000 resin’s unique chemistry produces very low exotherm heat, up to five layers of tooling laminate can be built simultaneously without causing surface distortion,”” explained AOC Business Manager Fletcher Lindberg. “”Making the same mould with conventional tooling resin takes five individual steps, each followed by an overnight cure,”” he continued. “”With MoldTru LPT-68000 technology, all that extra labour is eliminated, and finished parts are going out the door much sooner.””

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Ticona to Double Celstran LFRT Production in China

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Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese Corporation, will nearly double production at its Celstran long fibre reinforced thermoplastic (LFRT) manufacturing unit in Nanjing, China.

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New Features for Composite Failure Analysis Software

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Even Evolutionary Engineering has released a new version of its composite failure analysis software ComPoLyX. ComPoLyX extends the abilities of available finite element packages by evaluating Inverse Reserve Factors as a primary measure for every given failure criterion at all evaluation points, for all layers of the composite structure. In addition, the layer-wise result visualization highlights critical stress states and failure modes. ComPoLyX 0.9 also provides new features like element-wise failure analysis, visualisation of through-the-thickness distributed results, classical laminate theory functionality, section cut and ply-offset visualisation. According to Even, the software also has improved interfaces to third party analysis tools, which now allow the laminate forces and moments to be exported. The FE interfaces for Abaqus, Nastran and Ansys have also been updated. ComPoLyX 0.9 is available for Windows 32 and 64 bit and Linux 64 bit.

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Dr Barry Davidson Receives ASTM International Stinchcomb Award

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Dr Barry Davidson, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University, has received the Wayne W. Stinchcomb Memorial Award from ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials for Contributions to Composite Materials Standards. The Stinchcomb Award is presented every two years to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in research, engineering, or teaching the technology of composite materials and who has provided outstanding service to Committee D30 or any other technical organization with emphasis on the study and advancement of composites. Davidson has been a member of ASTM International and Committee D30 since 1993. Davidson’s research focuses on the design, analysis and testing of composite materials, with emphasis in delamination growth in advanced polymeric composites. His research work has been supported by NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Office of Naval Research, the Empire State Development Corporation, the AT&T Foundation, the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army Intelligence Center, the National Institutes of Health, United Technologies Corporation and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Synergy Composites Accredited Quality Assurance Standard

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Synergy Composites has been externally audited and accredited to ISO9001:2008 by the Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) organisation. Synergy is now working towards AS9100, the quality management standard specifically written for the aerospace manufacturing, and are inviting potential customers to identify their own unique requirements, thus ensuring efficient customer accreditation thereafter. Andrew Ellel, Sales and Marketing Director at Synergy stated “”this accreditation provides Synergy with a stable platform with which to build our approvals. It is our intention to achieve AS9100 during 2011″”‘.

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TMP Introduces High Temperature Composite Moulding

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TMP Inc., a division of French, the manufacturer of hydraulic press systems, has recently introduced a high temperature rapid heating oven and an automated high temperature composite moulding press system. The design is a 500-ton, up to 1200F press with an integrated material transfer system. The press can be designed with either 4-post or sideplate construction with a vacuum chamber to suit customer’s moulding requirements. At the start of the process the composite material is moved into the oven to reach the programmed temperature, then moved into the press onto the forming dies. After the pressing cycle, the formed part is automatically moved out of the press for part removal and loading of new material. This space-saving automated design reduces customer’s labour costs and processing times. In addition, the composite moulding press system can monitor and record all critical functions and required process data for traceability.

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