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News for January 2010


Gurit Grants Sprint License to Hexcel

28th January 2010 0 comments

Gurit has granted a non-exclusive license for its patented Sprint technology and products to Hexcel Corporation.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Achieves Initial Airworthiness Milestone

28th January 2010 0 comments

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has achieved initial airworthiness, clearing the way for test crews to be onboard the airplane during future flights. Nearly 60 total flight hours have been logged between the first two composite-based 787 airplanes. In total, the flight test program will log over 3,000 hours before completion late this year. All Nippon Airways of Japan is scheduled to be the first recipient of the Dreamliner, with an estimated delivery date in the 4th quarter of 2010.

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Call for AVK Award Candidates

28th January 2010 0 comments

The AVK is currently taking requests for this year’s annual AVK innovation awards in the ‘industrial applications’, ‘environment’ and ‘university research’ categories. The aim of innovation awards is to provide solutions to today’s technological issues through the use of composites and thermosets, to highlight the achievements of our industry in the field of environmental protection and to encourage university research into composites and thermosets. The awards will be presented at the International AVK Conference on September 13-14, 2010, to be held in the Congress Center Essen, in conjunction with the Composites Europe Trade Fair (September 14-16, 2010). Applications for the 2010 innovation awards may be submitted in the following categories: Industrial applications Environment University research The deadline for the submission of the application papers is March 31, 2010.

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Composite Technology Completes New Line in Mexico

28th January 2010 0 comments

Composite Technology Corporation has completed its second ACCC conductor transmission line in Mexico. The 22 kilometre Hawk “”Ciudad del Carmen – 166 SLT 1002 Compensacion y Transmision Noreste-Sureste”” line was installed in December and was recently successfully energized. ACCC conductor consists of a hybrid carbon and glass fibre core which is stranded with trapezoidal shaped aluminium strands. The high strength structural core carries most of the conductor’s mechanical load, while the fully annealed aluminium strands carry all of the conductor’s electrical current. By selecting and installing ACCC Hawk conductor, the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) was able to upgrade the existing 115kV line to 230kV without modifying or replacing any of the 11 lattice steel towers spanning the Gulf of Mexico from the mainland to an island. Two key issues considered by the utility in this project were sag clearance for boating safety and corrosion due to the harsh marine environment. ACCC conductor was selected due to the non-corrosive nature of the ACCC composite core and to avoid the expensive cost and difficulty of replacing structures over the waterway, while increasing CFE’s capacity with less sag at higher temperatures. John Brewster, President of CTC Cable, commented, “”After almost two years of study and preparation, we are pleased with the successful completion of the Carmen project. We are optimistic about the prospects for the use of ACCC conductors in Mexico and we look forward to continued cooperation with CFE and COBRA.””

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Campion Marine Selects Ashland’s Envirez Bio-Based Resin Boat Construction

28th January 2010 0 comments

Canadian fibreglass boat builder, Campion Marine, is set to become the first boat builder in the world to manufacture all its boats with Envirez bio-derived resin, report Ashland Performance Materials.

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TPI Composites Successfully Tests its All-Composite Military Vehicle

28th January 2010 0 comments

TPI Composites has successfully completed accelerated durability testing and road testing on its All Composite Military Vehicle (ACMV). The body structure of the ACMV, which was based on the military’s High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), including the frame rails, was constructed exclusively of composite materials and contains no metal. Standard HMMWV drive trains, suspensions and other accessories were fastened to the composite body with methods similar to those used for steel and aluminium HMMWV’s. “We are very pleased with the performance of TPI’s All Composite Military Vehicle,” said CEO Steve Lockard. “A vehicle like this gives the U.S. Army several significant options to improve its HMMWV fleet. Not only will this vehicle give our troops increased mobility, its lighter, high-strength composition will allow for significant fuel efficiency and potentially allow for the addition of enhanced armour or greater payload. This is a huge step forward in military vehicle engineering.” The next and last significant phase of testing of the ACMV is blast testing which is likely to take place in the first half of 2010. This is not TPI’s first entrée into applying advanced composites in military vehicles. The company has designed and built improved HMMWV Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) hoods. It also designed and prototyped the first All Composite Cab for the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) platform. Like the ACMV, the HEMTT cab has successfully completed several tests required by the Army. In each case, TPI is said to have reduced significant vehicle weight and produced parts that enhance vehicle payload and personnel protection. “We’re proud to apply our expertise in composite technology to assist the military in providing a lighter, safer, more durable vehicle for U.S. troops,” said Lockard.

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