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Compelling constructs
While cars are without doubt most consciously linked with emissions and general environmental pollution, in the USA today it is buildings which consume around 41% of all energy ? with a further 8% used in their construction ? as well as burning 70% of all electricity.
Reaching for the sky
It?s not exactly a shining example of sustainable construction ? in fact all things considered, the recently inaugurated Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is a towering structure of majestic excess, despite being undeniably breathtaking.
Power from the core
Glass fibres in the high-strength composite core of a new reinforced aluminium power cable can greatly improve transmission capacity.AmpStar?s CRAC is a high-heat alternative to conventional transmission cables that is cost-effective and in addition to improving transmission capacity can lower line losses, limit sag, and significantly reduce the requirement for installing new transmission line infrastructure.
e2e claims Composites 2012 award
E2e Materials claimed the Award for Composites Excellence (ACE) at the Composites 2012 conference held in Las Vegas from February 21-23.The clean technology spinoff from Cornell University, headquartered in Ithaca, New York,develops products made advanced biocomposite materials for the furniture and cabinet industries.
Integral safety check for structures
Composites with embedded optic fibres and ultrasonic sensors for structural health diagnostics are being employed in a 20-metre-long footbridge which is currently being built at the EMC2 Technocampus in Bouguenais, France.
Lighter composites with StabilStrand
Johns Manville?s new StabilStrand is a specially-developed glassfibre nonwoven for engineered wood.It can be used for reinforcing particle boards, MDF/HDF and plywood, providing excellent performance for lightweight furniture construction as well as digital and direct printing.
Greener building with Ecophit L
The use of SGL Group?s Ecophit L lightweight panels for heating and cooling ceilings will help building projects meet green building standards as set by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
UK first for recycled composites
The UK?s first HGV road bridge made from recycled plastic composites has been built over the River Tweed, at Easter Dawyck in Peeblesshire.As the first recycled thermoplastic road bridge to be built outside the United States it was constructed by Vertech Limited and Dawyck Estates, designed to bear heavy goods vehicles of up to 44 tonnes.
Resin-specific roving from 3B
3B ? the only fibreglass producer operating fully 100% boron-free glass fibre manufacturing platforms ? is introducing a new range of reinforcements each designed for specific resin systems and engineered to provide optimum performance composites for wind turbine blades.
Composite houses plan for US and Brazil
Inovatec is a proprietary building technology based on advanced high performance composites which has just been acquired by Millport Associates, a subsidiary of a Brazilian industrial conglomerate.
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