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News for January 2006


TTCM China Receives Reinforced Plastic Pipe Contracts

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TTCM China has received two new contracts to provide glass-reinforced plastic pipelines and installation for a water delivery system in Chang Le County, Fu Jian Province and for the Si Chuan Province Hydraulic Power Plant. Details of the contracts are: A $1 million contract for a water delivery system in Chang Le County, Fu Jian Province. This province has a rapidly growing economy due largely to its close geographic and cultural proximity to Taiwan. This project is vital for delivery and distribution of drinking water to this economically fast growing southwest coastland province of China. An $875,000 contract for construction of the Si Chuan Province Hydraulic Power Plant in the counties of Mun Xian, Jing Chuan and Hong Yai. Si Chuan Province is located close to Hubei province where the Three Gorges Dam, the largest dam ever constructed, is being built on the Yangtze River. There is tremendous industrial and commercial growth in this region and a growing need for delivery and distribution of drinking water. Mr. Jiqun Wang, Founder and Chairman of TTCM China, commented, “”In the past few months, we announced five new contracts with a value of $11,675,000. Today’s announcement further underlies the growing demand for our pipes in China, particularly to provide water to rapidly growing areas. Because our pipes are more lightweight and cost efficient, they are suitable for large-scale projects. We look forward to additional announcements in the near future.”” TTCM China is based in Tianjin and is a producer of glass-reinforced composite plastic products including regular and high-pressure pipes, fittings, round containers, cooling towers and fans.

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QinetiQ Extends Partnership with the WilliamsF1 Team

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WilliamsF1 have extended their technical partnership with QinetiQ, the defence and technology solutions company, which includes advice and consultation in the area of materials technology. WilliamsF1’s alliance with QinetiQ commenced in May of last season, with the intention of injecting ground-breaking technologies into the design and development of the team’s racing cars, drawing on the best of British expertise. The existing relationship will now continue into 2006, with the QinetiQ identity remaining in its established location on the drivers’ helmets. Over the year, the team has benefited from the advice and consultation from QinetiQ’s scientists, engineers and specialists, notably in the areas of predictive aerodynamic disciplines, materials science and the application of GPS technology for data acquisition at test sessions. For QinetiQ, Formula One has proved to be an important platform to communicate its standing as a world leader in the provision of ground-breaking technologies and the depth of its scientific skill base. The renewal will afford further opportunities for QinetiQ to showcase its core disciplines to a global audience, while the team will continue to benefit from a mutual sharing of technological competencies and innovation. Of the partnership extension, Sir John Chisholm, QinetiQ’s Executive Chairman, commented, “”There is an important link between QinetiQ, its aerospace heritage and the F1 motor racing industry. The aerospace business is a powerful vehicle for pulling through numerous technologies which in turn feed into other industries. It would be difficult, for example, to imagine the existence Formula One in this country without the innovative influence of aerospace technology, so it is entirely appropriate that QinetiQ should be working so closely with the Williams team.”” The WilliamsF1 Team’s Team Principal, Frank Williams, confirmed, “”To date, QinetiQ have opened the door to several interesting technologies which may be of help to us in the future, so I’m delighted that they have decided to extend their association with the team and look forward to our continued partnership.””

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Advanced Composites Group to Supply Alinghi

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For the second consecutive challenge, the Advanced Composites Group (ACG) will continue its role as official composite materials supplier to Alinghi in their defence of the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain in 2007. In 2003 Alinghi became the first European Team in 150 years history to win the America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. ACG has worked with Alinghi since 2001 collaborating closely in an extensive programme of data generation and test panel production prior to manufacture of the SUI 64 and SUI 75 boats. Taking advantage of ACG’s 30 years experience in the Formula One industry, Alinghi have approached development of materials and processing in a similar fashion to the leading edge of the automotive industry. Since the success of the last challenge back in 2003, ACG and Alinghi have continued to develop innovative ideas for both tooling and structural areas on the new Version 5 rules America’s Cup yachts. ACG’s team of engineers and dedicated marine specialists will continue to work closely with the design and build team at Alinghi, during the 2007 defence, ensuring that the new generation of Alinghi boats continue to be strong, stiff and reliable, and just as successful as the last generation boats.

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Carbon Nanotubes Can Be Stretched

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Physicists at Boston College have for the first time shown that carbon nanotubes can be stretched at high temperature to nearly four times their original length, a finding that could have implications for the development of new nanocomposites. At normal temperatures, carbon nanotubes snap when stretched to about 1.15 times their original length. But in a paper published in the Jan. 19, 2006, issue of the journal Nature, a team of physicists led by Boston College Research Associate Professor Jianyu Huang showed that at high temperatures nanotubes become extremely ductile. When heated to more than 2,000 degrees Celsius, one was stretched from 24 nanometres to 91 nanometres in length before it snapped. The elongation was done by applying an electric current to the nanotube, which created a high temperature within the tiny structure and enabled the scientists to pull it. Huang and his colleagues said their research indicates that nanotubes may be useful in strengthening ceramics and other nanocomposites at high temperatures. Huang credited Boston College PhD student Shuo Chen with devising a special microscopic probe that allowed researchers to grab one end of the nanotube and stretch it while an electric current flowed through it.

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New Developments in Powder Prepregging

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PC Composites (PCC) have undertaken a series of process developments aimed at reducing the basic cost of the powder prepregging process using the Enhanced Flow Electro Static Powder Deposition (EFESPD) developed and patented by them According to PCC, until now the average powder diameter was limited to below 100 microns, and higher diameter particles gave only low powder content prepregs. Due to recent developments the limit of 100 microns was increased to 250 microns, so the cost of the grinding step to prepare the powder was much reduced. Further efforts are aimed at increasing the powder diameter to 500 microns. The process of preparing powderpregs by the PCC process is based on two chambers (left and right) each one controlled separately. This basic design also enables the PCC powder prepregging process to produce hybrid prepregs having two different resins – one on each side. Consequently, composites made of two different thermoplastics, two different thermosets or even one thermoplastic and one thermoset are achievable, to give synergistic strength and impact properties.

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Finalists in JEC Composites Innovation Awards Programme 2006

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The finalists in the JEC Composites Innovation Awards for 2006 have been announced for the best processes, applications and products featuring composite solutions, based on technical interest, market opportunities and partnership potential. The JEC Group created its JEC Composites Innovation Awards in 1998. The programme gives out awards to the most innovative composite solutions in the following categories: Aeronautics & Space, Construction, Ground Transport, Energy & Industry, Sports & Leisure, and two new categories this year, Environment and Process. “In the composite sector, innovation is a matter for large companies and SMEs alike,” said JEC Group General Manager Frédérique Mutel. “The results of the 2006 competition are proof of that: along with the multinationals, SMEs constitute an essential element in innovation dynamics. One trend (among others) is the increasingly widespread use of carbon fibre. Industry also seems to be taking environmental issues into consideration. And this year, we note new advances in industrial process development and a concern for optimising costs, as well. The ground transportation sector is showing a greater interest in composites, because composites provide valid solutions against metals, particularly in terms of fire safety and graffiti control. And industries with limited series are developing solutions that are adapted to the requirements of short-run production.” In 2006, the JEC Composites Innovation Awards programme will reward successful partnerships selected among the following finalists. Aeronautics & Space Huntsman Advanced Materials (Switzerland), University of Sheffield (United-Kingdom), and Rolls Royce (United-Kingdom): Filling hollow fan blades with a vibration-damping composite material. The compressor fan blades on large engines for civil aircraft are hollow. Until now, honeycomb or line-core materials have been used to fill in and maintain the cross-sectional profile as the blades flex. This solution is being replaced by an epoxy-amine composite filled with special cavity fillers (syntactic composites). The new solution is easier to apply and it provides improved dynamic damping compared to existing solutions. It is also less costly. The product was put on the market in 2005, in particular on the Airbus A380 aircraft. New-generation engines will gain from the innovation. xyz Prototypes (France), Resoltech (France), Sicomin (France), and Apigs (France): All-carbon “Ile de France” drone. The drone is an aircraft with a 6.36-m wingspan. It can fly as high as 5,000 m in altitude. All-carbon composites provide the best performance-to-weight ratio. Several other aircraft are being considered based on this drone. These would have a passenger capacity of four, and up to 8-10 seats. Think Composites network: Stanford University (United-States), Itochu Corporation (Japan), Industrial Technology Center of Fukui Prefecture (Japan), and Mitsuya Company (Japan): Thin ply laminates, a new way of designing and manufacturing a composite part by alternating thin plies with thicker ones by means of a special new machine. The drawback to the current method of making composites by stacking reinforcement plies is that the plies tend to be too thick. This can lead to micro-cracking and delamination, especially when holes are drilled in the composite. If reinforcement is inserted in the form of thin plies – typically 0.03 mm thick for a 12K fibre – these disadvantages disappear. The solution is especially advantageous for aircraft wings and fuselage. The combination of rapid ply lay-up and a simplified arrangement provides significant time and cost savings, and the parts become competitive with comparable metal structures. Ground Transport Jupiter Plast (Denmark), and Siemens Mass Transportation (Germany): Front end for the Avanto tram-train model, an impact-resistant composite structure which complies with the requirements of the DIN 5560 crash standard. The combination of urban and suburban traffic creates specific requirements in terms of nose design for the lead coach, where the conductor sits. This low-weight front end is the first composite structure to comply with the requirements of the existing crash standard. A vacuum-infused sandwich construction combining a Rohacell foam core with a fire-resistant methacrylic resin was used. The nose, which can withstand a 30-ton frontal impact, bends in a controlled way that leaves the conductor protected and does not deform the coach. The first parts for the Avanto Tram-train will be delivered in 2006. Alcan Composite Core (United-States), Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan), Toyota Technocraft (Japan), GH Craft Ltd (Japan), Toho Tenax Co. (Japan), and Mitsubishi Rayon Co. (Japan): IMTS bus. The bus is made entirely in carbon fibre, providing exceptional stiffness and fire resistance (exterior flame), as well as good heat insulation compared to a metal structure. The attractive rounded shapes were made possible by the use of carbon prepreg and Baltek balsa core material. The special design for mechanical properties includes variable thicknesses to withstand different loads. One of the parts was made in a mould with integrated heating system. The sandwich/core technology cut 30% off the development time. It also made the tooling costs 80% lower than for a metal construction. Cetim Cermat (France), Spitzer Eurovrac (France), and Rousseau SA (France): SK tank for bulk powder products. The tank is 12 m long and 3.5 m in diameter, holds 65 m3, and weighs 1,200 kg empty. It is made using filament winding and RTM techniques in vinylester and polyester resin, with HS-carbon and glass woven or mat reinforcements. The cylinder can replace metal versions. Current tanks are made mostly of aluminium. The composite tank weighs 600-800 kilograms less than an aluminium one, allowing a greater payload and therefore cutting down on the cost of transport. Also, when the trailer travels empty, less fuel is consumed. The corrosion resistance is higher, and the vacuum resistance increases tenfold. Composite tanks could replace aluminium ones within ten years. Process Ford Motor Company (United-States), Aston Martin (United-Kingdom), and Sotira (France): F3P-RTM process for an eight-panel, Class A application for the Aston Martin DB9. The robotized F3P Ford Programmable Preforming Process is used with chopped fibres to produce the preforms. The preforms are then used in an RTM process to obtain Class A parts directly. The robots are programmable off-line, which saves time and avoids collisions. VOC emissions are reduced. Some of the panels integrate several different functions and the process generates very little scrap (under 1%). Sotira currently produces about 15,000 parts per year and plans to reach 34,000 parts annually. DLR (Germany), Bolle und Cords Elektrotechnik GmbH (Germany), and Volkswagen AG (Germany) : Industrial liquid resin infusion (LRI) machine. The project involves the industrialisation of the infusion process. It places an emphasis on automation, precise control of parameters (notably for temperature), and healthy working conditions (the resin circulates in a closed loop). The goal: to obtain outstanding process reproducibility and therefore, a high degree of quality and consistent results, while reducing production scrap. The process is fully automated. A high-temperature/pressure-resistant camera system serves to observe resin flow and to detect flaws in-line. MFTECH (France), Material (Belgium), and Kuka (France): Filament winding machine based on the use of an industrial robot to produce small and medium-sized parts. The process makes use of a Kuka industrial robot controlled with Cadwind software. Two types of machine were developed. The first one is for a more standard filament winding process with one or more rotating mandrels and uses a six- or eight-axis robot for filament placement. The second is a newer design, where the robot itself handles the part being wound opposite a stationary device that unwinds the filament. Energy/Industry Thibaut (France), Design & Co. (France), and Ouest Composites (France): T 818 Access, the first in a new line of machining and polishing equipment for stone and other hard materials. Thanks to the use of composites, it was possible to obtain attractive shapes that integrated several different functions. For example, the front panel opens up completely, folding down into steps that give access into the machine for placing or removing the stones. This productivity-enhancing feature is unique in the market today. The shaping potential of composite materials allows an extremely user-friendly machine, with minimum floor space requirements and better integrated accessories and wiring. Mikkeli (Finland), Tehomet (Finland), and Fibrocom (Finland): Lighting pole with controlled energy absorption characteristics to make impacts with vehicles less dangerous. Thanks to the composite pole’s channel structure, it was possible to combine lower weight, high strength, high static rigidity, good energy absorption properties, and excellent impact behaviour, and still maintain competitive production costs. The pole can blend in with the urban landscape. Given Europe’s specific impact standards – the pole achieved the best EN 12767 classification – the European market is being targeted. Control Techniques Ltd (United-Kingdom), Terzi Stampi (Italy), DSM-DADC (Netherlands), Mitras Automotive (United-Kingdom), and Menzolit Ltd (United-Kingdom): SMC parts for the power supply of variable-speed equipment. The parts, traditionally made from painted metal, are designed to house electronic power components operating in a hot environment (80°C, with peaks up to 120°C for some components). The appliances are also subject to impacts and vibrations up to 10-18 g. The inherent properties and design/shaping potential of SMC (the modular concept is suitable for producing several different models) meet the market’s requirements in terms of cost and profitability. The mould was designed to manufacture a comprehensive range of parts (SP4 to SP7). The parts are 5 mm thick, 310 mm wide, 231 mm high and 510 mm long for the SP 4 model, and up to 1,130 mm long for the SP 6 model. Environment Saint-Gobain Vetrotex (Brazil) and RGF Projetos (Brazil): Pole top equipment for power lines. At the top of each line pole, there are always technical parts, usually made of wood or metal, for supporting the electrical wiring. Here, the idea was to replace them with thermoplastic composite parts made from recycled material. The base material used is 58% recycled polypropylene mixed with 40% SFC-100 glass fibre cut into 25-mm lengths and 2% additives to improve stability and weatherability. Environmental protection was a notable concern, since recycled PP was used as material and the parts themselves are recyclable. The parts have an expected service life of 50-80 years, thanks to their high strength. RS Technologies (Canada), Dow Chemical (Canada), Fiber Glass Industries (United-States), and JNE Welding Ltd (United-Kingdom): Filament-wound transmission tower in glass-fibre-reinforced polyurethane resin, made using a proprietary process from RS Technologies. The company needed to make power-line towers 9-60 metres in height, and the wide range of heights led to considerable research into methods for designing and producing the towers. Two different lengths of module were chosen, with different diameters. The desired height is obtained by stacking the different types of module. Besides the efficient production process, the most remarkable aspect is the durability of the towers, estimated at 80 years compared to a maximum 10-40 years for wooden or metal poles. The towers are more lightweight and their advantages include electric insulation properties, corrosion and UV resistance, and weatherability. Sports & Leisure 2 win (France), Fritsch & Associés (France), Plastic Processing Alternatives PPA (France), and St Gobain Vetrotex (France): Twincat, a 4.60-m mass-produced sports catamaran made of Twintex glass-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic. Specifications for the boat emphasised low weight, structural stiffness, and resistance to seawater, sun, and impacts. All the requirements were met through the use of Twintex material and a close-mould process. The first prototypes were displayed at the Paris Boat Show, in December 2005, and production will start in 2006. Schappe Techniques (France), Thermofusion GmbH (Germany), and Carbonfunctions VertriebsGmbh (Germany): The Mantis HE electric caddy, an electrically-operated golf caddy with a tube structure made of TPFL® carbon-fibre reinforced thermoplastic. Bladder Inflation Moulding (BIM) is the process used. This consists in inflating a bladder inside the composite tube, which is held in place within a closed mould. The caddy has two 90-watt motors and two 6.5-Ah accumulators housed in the wheel area that give enough autonomy for an 18-hole course. The caddy is lightweight, easy to unfold at the course and to fold back up to place in the car. It requires short cycle times compared to a thermosetting solution. The caddy was launched in 2005, following two years of development. KKG Katamaran Konstrucktions GmbH (Austria) and High modulus England (Great-Britain): The Nano Speed Needle power catamaran. This catamaran with streamlined cabin can be used for private recreational purposes. Five different models are planned, ranging from 21 feet to 66 feet. The structure is made of vacuum-bag-moulded carbon/epoxy over a foam core. The hulls were designed to cut smoothly through the water without generating large waves, eliminating the need for powerful propulsion units. The shapes that can be created using composites would be impossible with traditional wood solutions. Several prototypes are being demonstrated in Austria and Dubai. Construction Holland Composites Industrials BV (Netherlands) and their partners, Solico BV (Netherlands) and Octatube International BV (Netherlands): Roof of Tel Aviv’s Yitzak Rabin Center, designed by architect Moshe Safdie. A five-part construction using BLOB (Binary Large Object) architecture, made of glass/polyester composite with foam core. The largest part is 35 m long, with a 9-m-long cantilever. Each segment was vacuum-infusion moulded over CNC-machined blocks of polystyrene. The lightweight wings were made in Holland and transported from Antwerp to Ashdod (Israel), then assembled on the ground to be hoisted up to the roof in a single piece. The structure took less time and handling equipment to put into place than a standard solution. The Yitzak Rabin Center was inaugurated in mid-November 2005. Woold SAS (France) and their partners, Simpson Strong Tie (France) and Ensam (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers de Cluny (France): 2D- and 3D-bendable beam with glass/carbon composite bracing, designed for use with prefab zinc and copper roofs. The outer boards consist of a eucalyptus and douglas-fir wood sandwich, reinforced by a glass (750 g/m2)-epoxy laminate. The sinusoidal bracing is a one-piece glass (750 g/m2) and UD carbon (600 g/m2) composite part. The elements are assembled with composite rivets. Beam length is adjustable up to 7.5 metres by increments of 25 cm. The beam is 4.60 m long, 23 cm high, 12 cm wide and weighs only 9.6 kg. It is 35% more lightweight than a laminated beam. BBA (Black Bull AS) (Norway), Reichhold AS (Norway), Loe Betongelementer AS (Norway), Tele Bryggen AS (Norway), and Selco Tek AS (Norway), Kamenny Vek ( Russia): CR (composite reinforcement) frames, designed to replace steel as reinforcement for concrete structures. Here, a granular material (sand) is deposited over a continuous-carbon-or Basalt-fibre/thermoset resin reinforcement at the end of the curing process. The sand sticks to the resin, to serve ultimately as a mechanical bond with the concrete. Unlike pultrusion, which is slow, yields a smooth surface making adhesion to concrete more difficult, and produces only straight profiles, the process here is designed to produce many different shapes. At 16 m/min or an automated 50 to 100 m/min, the production capacity is also much higher than for pultrusion (30 times faster). The reinforcement weighs less than 1.5 kg. It is thus four times lighter than steel, yet has higher reinforcing properties. The first products, composite reinforcement for three floating concrete pontoons (3 x 13 m), were launched in the market in 2005.

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Revolutionary 330 MPG Hybrid Composite Car

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Accelerated Composites LLC has designed a lightweight composite two-seat passenger car that will achieve up to 330 MPG and sell for under $20,000. The hybrid car will post this fuel efficiency in normal city and highway driving and demonstrate acceleration and handling similar to that of a Honda Insight. Dubbed the Aptera, the vehicle achieves these remarkable numbers through the use of cutting-edge composite materials, manufacturing methods and design. Unique, optimized aerodynamics gives the Aptera a drag form factor that will be lower than any mass produced car in the world. “”It looks like nothing you’ve ever seen because it performs like nothing you’ve ever seen,”” says Accelerated Composites founder and CEO, Steve Fambro. “”What we’ve done is changed the way cars are thought of and designed. Rather than designing to a styling aesthetic, like the big auto makers do, we hew to an efficiency and safety aesthetic. When you do that, math and physics mostly dictate the shape of the car, and in this case, math and physics look awesome.”” But aerodynamics is only half of the equation. The other half is weight. The Aptera is made almost entirely of lightweight composites, making it one of the lightest cars on the road. Yet this savings does not come at the cost of safety. In fact, the construction of the car is based on the driver-protection “”crash box”” found in Formula One race cars. “”Composites are enormously strong and lightweight,”” says Fambro. “”That’s why all the aircraft manufacturers are switching to them.”” The Aptera utilizes proprietary composite construction that is said to significantly lower manufacturing cost when compared to most other composite construction methods, and even steel. The patent-pending “”Panelized Automated Composite Construction,”” or PAC2, lends itself to parallel assembly and has a very low initial capitalization. “”We’re very serious about this. We’re going to produce and sell these cars,”” says Fambro. “”We’ve got a perfectly timed, market busting product. We have a great team of world class engineers and designers, high-powered marketing and sales experience, and a solid business plan.””

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New Closed Moulding Training DVD: Video Report

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Andre Cocquyt has released a new closed moulding technology training DVD, the third in a series of in-depth training DVDs for closed moulding. The focus of the new DVD is on the emergence of Closed Moulding Technology. It offers a comprehensive view of available methods, such as the Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP) IP, Silicone Bags, Light Resin Transfer Moulding (Light RTM), etc. for the production of tools and parts. Another section is dedicated to designing tooling for closed mold processes. The “B”-side mould, the most important mould side in all closed mould processes, gets reviewed with details on seals, geometry and other important aspects. “The content of the new DVD exceeds our expectations, there’s much more information included than we had anticipated,” says Greg Shymske, VP of Marketing for Composites One. “At Airtech, we were impressed with the technical quality of the footage,” adds Dave Ciotta, Sales Manager for the marine market at Airtech, “It will really offer those hoping to make the switch to closed moulding some excellent perspective.” DVD Preview Courtesy GRPGuru The production of the DVD took over six months and, with the focus on training shop floor people, Cocquyt decided that the only way to show the intricate details of the different closed moulding techniques would be to film the construction of real moulds and real parts. “I was perhaps a bit over-ambitious,” admits Cocquyt. “There is no take two when you’re doing real time footage of building tooling or composite parts, and we hit a couple of hard spots, but the end product was worth the extra time and effort. This DVD complements the previously released VIP DVD, which has assisted hundreds of companies use closed mould processes.” Cocquyt further added, “In the new product I tried to answer a lot of follow-up questions about the finer points of different methods. The Closed Molding Technology DVD will be very useful for the technicians who have started with any of the closed moulding processes, but are still experiencing the learning curve.” According to Cocquyt, the new DVD or the previously released VIP Full and VIP Lite DVDs will allow any manufacturer with basic fibreglass experience make the switch to closed moulding without further training. Airtech, Arkema, Alcan Baltek, Chemtrend, CPD, Colbond, Composites One, CCP, Duratec, Lantor, Owens Corning and Parabeam all contributed with extensive support to the production of this DVD which was filmed on location in large production boat shops and the Cocquyt’s facility in Stuart, Florida. The entire DVD was shot in High Definition by Jumbybay Studios, You can find more info on the Closed Molding Technology DVD, with an excerpt from the DVD, which is available to buy through the NetComposites stores at the link below.

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Oshkosh Extends Use of Composite Concrete Mixer Drum

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Oshkosh Truck Corporation has now equipped its front-discharge concrete mixer truck with its Revolution composite mixer drum, after previous incorporation on its rear discharge trucks. The composite drum gives total weight savings, compared to a similar-sized steel drum, of 2,000lb (900kg), increasing the payload of the mixer. “”The Revolution composite mixer technology offers remarkable performance benefits, and we’re extremely pleased to introduce it to a new segment of the concrete placement market. The S-Series front-discharge concrete mixer with a Revolution drum provides concrete producers with a serious payload advantage,”” said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh chairman, president and chief executive officer. “”The 2,000 pound weight savings can mean a significant increase in productivity for our customers.”” The new front-discharge Revolution drum features a smooth exterior finish that provides easy-cleaning characteristics and an ideal surface for a producer to apply graphics and decals. First introduced in 2002, more than 1,000 Revolution drums currently are in service in rear discharge fleets. The attached image shows a rear discharge truck. The lightweight, composite drum is certified through independent testing conducted by the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau (TMMB).

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Naba TCS Adds FiberSIM Software from Vistagy

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Naba Tailored Composite Solutions have added FiberSIM software from Vistagy to compliment their existing material design and project management capabilities. Naba TCS will use the FiberSIM Advanced Composite Engineering Environment to design products made of advanced composite materials. Richard McAinsh, Technical Head of Naba TCS, stated “The choice of FiberSIM for Naba TCS was an easy one. The pace of F1 development and the ‘right first time’ philosophy provide a critical test which, through out my F1 experience, FiberSIM comfortably passed.” “For Naba TCS the integration of FiberSIM into our CATIA V5 CAD system marks a major step to fulfilling our goal to offer the best tools available and to bring them to bare on the design and engineering of composite components. The uptake of composite materials beyond the racing and aerospace industries is such that a high-end composite design capability will offer real commercial advantages in structural performance, material and manufacturing costs and time to market.” Located in the heart of Italian super-car country Naba T.C.S. is a design company, specialising in engineered composite components for the advanced transportation, general industrial and leisure markets.

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