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Sealing the envelope with new composites
Among products to be honoured at the forthcoming JEC Composites show Innovation Awards in Paris on March 12 is a new highly energy-efficienct fa?ade panel based on composite profiles, developed by Owens Corning and a number of partners in France and Belgium.
PU scrap for new construction
Composite facades have been made from compressed panels of recycled polyurethane insulation scrap at Berlin?s Technical University, in a project supported by the EcoCommercial Building Programme (ECB).
Longest hybrid composite bridge
DSM is working with bridge manufacturer FiberCore Europe and infrastructure company Heijmans to further introduce composite light weight bridges in new road construction projects.
Carbon sensors for structural health
When the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145 in August 2007, the reason was attributed to a design deficiency that resulted in a gusset plate failing during ongoing construction work.
Carbon powers the sails
A key milestone has been achieved by the UK Nova project with the successful construction of the sails for a fully working 50-kW prototype demonstrator of its new concept 10-MW offshore, double-arm, vertical axis wind turbine system (VAWTS).
Composites keeping out the cold
Windows made from composite profiles are becoming increasingly popular as a result of their excellent thermal insulation characteristics and ability to let more light into homes.
Upcycled Amoeba range
A new range of upcycled contemporary garden furniture was launched at this year?s GLEE consumer products show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. The new Amoeba range of plastic products will be available shortly, manufactured via the P2 technology of Protomax, a UK plastics engineering specialist with machine building facilities in Piesendorf, Austria.
Sustainable alternative to concrete
Nidaplast composites are honeycomb structural panels which can be combined with traditional heavy materials like concrete and natural stone to eliminate weight constraints in furniture and interior design.
Composites first for Amsterdam
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands officially opened the newly renovated Stedelijk Museum ? the largest composite building in the world? in Amsterdam on Saturday (September 22).
Faster rotor blade bonding
One of the wind energy industry?s top priorities is to maximize utilisation rates by speeding up manufacturing processes, to reduce unit costs and achieve a rapid payback on investments.
 
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