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News for September 2009


3ITech Moulding by Induction Technology

18th September 2009 0 comments

RocTool’s latest Integrated Internal Induction Technology, 3iTech, is to be premiered at this year’s Innovative Molding Technologies Update.

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Innegra Contributes to Brawn’s Successful Season

18th September 2009 0 comments

The use of Innegra S high performance fibre is one of the contributing factors to the Brawn GP Formula One Team’s unprecedented start to the 2009 Formula One season which includes eight Grand Prix victories to date.

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Ticona Introduces New Celstran PP LFRT for Automotive Interiors

18th September 2009 0 comments

A new range of Celstran+ PP long fibre reinforced thermoplastics (LFRT) has been launched by Ticona Engineering as an alternative to SMA resins and PC/ABS blends that are commonly used by North American OEMs to mould automotive instrument panels, air duct panels and reinforcement components.

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Call for Papers: Joining Technologies for FRP Composite Materials

18th September 2009 0 comments

NetComposites Limited is looking for papers on the subject of Joining Technologies to be submitted for a new event to be held on 17th November 2009 at their new facility in Chesterfield. The aim of this workshop is to showcase new developments in joining technology for FRP composite materials, identify key advances, and highlight technology gaps that require further research investment. Opportunities for technology transfer between application sectors will also be explored. The workshop will be of interest to those involved in joining technology research, manufacturers, component designers and end-user clients with a workshop report will be available to all attendees. Papers are invited on the subject of joining FRP composite materials. Themes include:   ▪  Joining FRP to FRP   ▪  Joining FRP to conventional materials   ▪  Joining technologies       ▪  Mechanical joints       ▪  Fusion joining       ▪  Adhesive joints   ▪  Self-repairing structures and joints   ▪  Joint design Please send a short abstract (250 words max) to claire.whysall@netcomposites.com outlining the key aspects of your presentation. There will be no requirement to prepare a full paper. Presentations (if accepted) should be given in PowerPoint and each timeslot will be 30 minutes. Abstracts should be submitted by 1st October 2009. NetComposites are a global research, consultancy and media company with a unique insight into research and technology transfer in the worldwide composites industry. For more information please visit www.netcomposites.com

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MU Engineers Develop Safer, Blast-Resistant Glass

18th September 2009 0 comments

University of Missouri researchers are developing and testing a new type of blast-resistant glass that they hope will be thinner and lighter than conventional technology and less vulnerable to small-scale explosions.

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VW Unveil 189mpg L1 Concept Car

18th September 2009 0 comments

The Frankfurt Motor Show saw the unveiling of Volkswagen’s L1 Concept car – a diesel-electric hybrid vehicle constructed from aluminium and carbon fibre. Weighing just 380 kg, the car is capable of a maximum speed of 99mph. Its fuel-economy figures suggest that when running at optimal speed the car can achieve 189 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 39 g/km of CO2. The L1’s body has been designed to maximise aerodynamics, but despite its light weight (124kg) the car gains a lot of strength due to its use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic. At 3,813 mm in length, the L1 Concept is comparable to the VW Fox, yet at just 1,143 mm in height it’s as low as a Lamborghini Murcielago. Its width, at just 1,200 mm, is narrower than any conventional car on sale today. Every element of the L1 Concept has been designed with the intention of maximum efficiency. At its heart is a tiny 800 cc two-cylinder common rail, direct injection TDI engine. In ‘ECO’ mode the engine develops 27 PS at 4,000 rpm, in ‘Sport’ mode this rises to 29 PS and 74 lbs ft of torque developed at 1,900 rpm. The modest kerb weight of the L1 Concept linked to efficient aerodynamics mean that it is capable of accelerating to 62 mph from rest in 14.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 99 mph. Despite having only a 10-litre fuel tank the L1 Concept’s incredible efficiency means that it is capable of travelling 416 miles between stops. The L1 Concept draws inspiration from the original 1-litre car, unveiled in April 2002 when Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, then Chairman of the Board of Management, drove the concept between Wolfsburg and Hamburg. At that time productionising the carbon fibre reinforced plastic body was simply not viable. With modern production processes, large-scale manufacture of such structures is now possible.

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Athena Composite Trim Centre Available in the UK

21st September 2009 0 comments

The Athena composite trim centre has recently been added to the range of 5 axis CNC machine centres available in the UK from CMS Industries Designed specifically for trimming complex formed components, the Athena offers the ability to process a wide variety of non ferrous materials including carbon fibre, honeycomb, model block, plastic and aluminium materials. The Athena has a large capacity envelope with X axis 3000mm Y axis 1500mm with a choice of either 800mm or 1200mm on the Z axis. The movements of these axes are made via precision rack and pinion offering maximum positioning speed of the axes up to 90 m/min. The rotary gearbox assemblies on the B & C axis give the Athena the flexibility to work in either 3+2 or full five axis simultaneous mode, the powerful spindle operates at up to 27,000 rpm and is fitted with either 6 or 12 position automatic tool change system CMS Powerarm software comes as standard simplifying the programming of the machine allowing digitised points from a sample component to be turned quickly and easily into a program to drive the machine

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Fibreglass Pole used in School’s Fibre Optic Project

25th September 2009 0 comments

In order to demonstrate the safety features of fibreglass, Creative Pultrusions donated a fibreglass pole for use in conjunction with a school’s fibre optic installation. According to the company, their are several benefits of using this technology. They say the pultruded pole offers a “green solution” for the replacement of treated wood poles and unlike treated wood poles, the pultruded poles will not leach any chemicals in to the watershed. Creative Pultrusions say that school children will be able to touch and play around the pole without the possibility of coming into contact with creosote or Pentachlorophenol (PCP) that is commonly utilized to preserve wooden poles. The poles weigh a third of the weight of a typical wood pole and are installed the same as a wood pole. They are considered non-conductive and create an added level of safety in the event of an insulator Short; manufacturers say the pole cannot become “energized” due to the inherent dielectric strength of the resin and glass reinforcements utilized to manufacture the pole. Joe Kimmel, Superintendent of the Chestnut Ridge School District (CRSD) states, “The CRSD is trying to be as eco-friendly as possible to our environment. We are making changes where possible and the pole project donation by Creative Pultrusions is just another example of that. It is safe for our students, a ‘green’ initiative, and it further expands the relationships with school and community business’ – It is a win – win situation with all parties involved. We thank Creative Pultrusions for their donation and commitment to our school and the safety of our students.”” Creative Pultrusion’s markets the poles to utilities throughout the world and promotes the poles for environments in which wood will not work due to woodpecker, termites or close proximity to waterways and watersheds.

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JEC Asia to Demonstrate Composites Growth

25th September 2009 0 comments

According to JEC’s predictions, Asia’s composite production is set to achieve 50% of the world’s output by 2015. Since 2000, Asia has already seen significant increases with an estimate of 42% of the world’s composite production coming from this region in 2008. In the words of JEC President & CEO Frédérique Mutel, “the composite market in Asia is driven mainly by economic growth. Since 2002, Asia has experienced high growth rates, at around 8% per year. Despite the effects of the current worldwide crisis, which has also impacted Asia, the Asian composite market is full of opportunities in the long term.” Mutel sees four main sectors to drive this growth, “construction, automotive, aeronautics and wind energy.” “Due to their unique properties, which include low weight, high strength, recyclability, corrosion resistance (and therefore low or zero maintenance), and flexibility of design, shape and choice of materials, composites can provide immediate solutions, especially for infrastructure builders and designers of new means of transportation by land, air and sea,” concludes Mutel. Because of this increase, 2009’s JEC Asia is expected to be even larger than previous years with over 330 participants, 400 delegates, and over 8,000 visitors expected at the event.

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UV Resin Technology Saves Historic Home

25th September 2009 0 comments

An underground pipe repair technology that uses ultraviolet (UV) light – Vipel UV-cure resin – was used helped preserve an 18th Century home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Reline America, Inc technology installed by Abel Recon also restored natural water flow to a creek that runs past the historic building.

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