Hydrogen car wins race

Hydrogen car wins race

Applications news Composite laminated wakeboard Hydrogen car wins race The boards have to be lightweight, very tough and resistant to long periods i...

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Composite laminated wakeboard Hydrogen car wins race

The boards have to be lightweight, very tough and resistant to long periods in saltwater.

WAKEBOARDS from Freesport Corp of Taipei, Taiwan, are being produced with Huntsman Advanced Material’s XB 3585/ XB 3413 composite laminating system. Wakeboarding is a bit like waterskiing with a snow board. A wakeboard requires a combination of strength and flexibility to ensure a smooth ride over the water. They are produced with a strong, pliable lightweight polyurethane (PU) foam core, a cap, and are compression moulded. The XB 3585/XB 3413 system from Huntsman Advanced Materials of Basel, Switzerland, is a warm curing epoxy laminating system. In addition to the pressure moulding production method used by Freesport, it is also suitable for wet lay-up, filament winding and resin transfer moulding (RTM). The reactivity of the system can be adjusted according to manufacturing requirements by varying the combination of hardeners used with the

resin. The gel time at 60°C can vary from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the combination. “We needed a composite laminating system for our wakeboard production that has good fluidity and permeability,” says Swing Huang, Product Manager at Freesport. “With Huntsman’s XB 3585/XB 3413 system, these characteristics mean we can apply the resin evenly when we laminate the wakeboards, which not only improves finished product quality and performance, but shortens manufacturing production time as well.” Freesport; www.freesport.com Huntsman Advanced Materials; www.huntsman.com/advanced_ materials

The car set the track record and was awarded for best design.

A COMPOSITE hydrogen car has won the world’s first hydrogenpowered Formula Zero race in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The car was designed by a student team at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) with the help of sponsor DSM Composite Resins, which supported the team with advice and materials.

The body, air channels, floor plate, absorption bumpers and parts of the dashboard are built with turane resins, combining the best qualities of epoxies and polyester urethane in one material. The exterior is reinforced with Dyneema® high performance polyethylene fibre. DSM; www.dsm.com

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