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20th February 2017, Knoxville, TN

DuPont joins IACMI gas tank project

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing (IACMI) has announced its first technical collaboration project to develop new compressed gas storage tanks.

The project will bring together DuPont Performance Materials, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC) and Steelhead Composites with the aim of providing advantages in the storage of compressed natural gas with thermoplastic composite technologies. Better durability, weight reduction and recyclability are what is being pursued.

The project will bring together DuPont Performance Materials, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC) and Steelhead Composites. © IACMI

“Collaborating with DuPont allows the use of novel materials and processes that will allow technologies to significantly improve customizable fibre orientations – ultimately improving cycle time, lowering production costs by up to 20 per cent and reducing waste,” said Bryan Dods, IACMI CEO.

DuPont will provide material science and pultrusion expertise and the Composite Prototyping Center its automated fibre placement (AFP) capabilities. UDRI will contribute material evaluation and mechanical testing and Steelhead will provide CGS design and testing. In addition to the manufacturing process, DuPont is providing a new polyamide resin with superior toughness, increased damage resistance and an additional degree of safety compared to current epoxy-based systems.

The project will begin with the design of a prototype CGS tank based on measured mechanical properties of polyamide composite panels produced by AFP. Pending successful results from two initial phases, the project will conclude with the production of full size tanks. 

The IACMI is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state and local governments sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate development and commercial deployment of advanced composites. It is run by CCS, a not-for-profit organisation established by The University of Tennessee Research Foundation. The IACMI is supported by a $70 million commitment from the US Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office, and over $180 million committed from partners.

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