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WSU researchers use disposable masks to make durable concrete

4th May 2022

Researchers have demonstrated the idea of incorporating old masks into a cement mixture to create stronger, more durable concrete. In a paper published in the journal, Materials Letters, a Washington State University research team, showed that the mixture using mask materials was 47 per cent stronger than commonly used cement after a month of curing.

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Scott Bader expands Crestabond structural adhesives to North America

7th Mar 2022

Scott Bader has announced its Canadian site, based in Drummondville, will begin manufacturing Crestabond structural adhesives in 2022. The expansion of its Crestabond production to Scott Bader ATC will allow Scott Bader to meet the growing demand for its high-quality MMA primerless structural adhesives within the North American market.

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Germany’s Fibrolux supplies 16 km of custom fiberglass pultrusion

1st Feb 2022

Fibrolux, a German leader of pultruded composites and a pultruder in Europe, has completed its largest civil engineering project. Fibrolux has supplied more than 16 km of a large-scale custom fibreglass pultrusion that enabled the refurbishment of the 1 km Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Bridge in Torun, Poland with double width pedestrian and cycling walkways.

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Netherlands’ Strohm & Evonik get certification for composite pipe

31st Jan 2022

Strohm and Evonik have been awarded certification from DNV, attesting that the unidirectional Carbon Fibre PA12 tape “VESTAPE PA12-CF” (PA12) used for Strohm’s Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) is fit to use for dynamic sweet and sour hydrocarbons, water, and gas injection applications according to DNV-ST-F119. Strohm is Netherlands’ manufacturer TCPs.

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US’ MDOT pioneers in carbon fibre reinforced bridge beams

12th Jan 2022

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is leading the way in carbon fibre reinforced bridge beams - an evolutionary step forward - with the goal of a 100-year bridge in sight. Since 2001, MDOT has been collaborating with Lawrence Technological University (LTU) on researching carbon fibre reinforced polymer materials in concrete bridge beams.

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Canada’s Fab-Form & Hagihara enter into fabric development agreement

9th Dec 2021

Canada’s Fab-Form has entered into a fabric development agreement with Japanese firm Hagihara. The agreement will enable both companies to research, test, and develop a unique fabric optimised for the Fast-Tube fabric column form. Concrete pressures in the fabric form induce tensile force in the weft direction only, not in the warp direction.

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US’ Owens Corning acquires German nonwovens firm Vliepa

2nd Aug 2021

US-based Owens Corning has acquired Vliepa GmbH, which specialises in the coating, printing and finishing of nonwovens, paper and film for the building materials industry. The acquisition broadens Owens Corning’s global nonwovens portfolio to better serve European customers and accelerate growth of building and construction market applications in the...

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UK’s NCC designs propeller blade to reduce cost, improve performance

15th Jul 2021

National Composites Centre (NCC) has designed a prototype propeller blade using a process that has never been used before in this application, as part of a £20 million research and development programme led by Dowty Propellers. The four-year Digital Propulsion (DigiProp) programme was meant to develop blades which reduce costs but improve performance.

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UK's TRB Lightweight working on Piccadilly Line with Siemens

14th Jul 2021

TRB Lightweight Structures is to design and manufacture a unique emergency detrainment system in partnership with Siemens Mobility for 94 nine-car ‘Inspiro’ train sets for the London Underground Piccadilly Line. These state-of-the-art trains will replace outdated rolling stock that entered service in the 1970s, and will be fully assembled in the UK.

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