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25th July 2017, Helsingborg

Lightweight fiberglass tank for off-road fire tanker

Diab, a leader in high-performance composite core materials, has supplied its infused Divinycell foam cored sandwich panels with E-Glass skins and vinylester resin to reduce the weight of a vehicle used by a remote area fire-fighting in Australia to carry its own water supply over rough terrain.

A manufacturer of fiberglass composite products, Striking Distance in Queensland, Australia, has been contracted by Quick Corp Fire Engineering to deliver a fiberglass tank for the company’s new off-road fire tanker. The company’s existing tankers use polyethylene tanks to carry water and the task was set to design a tank that was both lighter and could carry more water to improve the effectiveness of the tanker in a fire emergency situation.

Lightweight fiberglass tank for off-road fire tanker. © Diab

CCG’s Australian office was contracted by Striking Distance to conduct the engineering design of a tank to meet the design brief. To achieve this initial concept designs were drawn up in 3D to allow the client to quickly review changes.

The final design of the tank used infused Divinycell foam cored sandwich panels with E-Glass skins and vinylester resin to reduce weight yet maintain structural strength. To further increase the carrying capacity of the tank the foam core was reduced in thickness. The final core specification was Divinycell H100 15mm thick. The total weight saving of the final tank was 250 kg compared to the original design, the company reports.

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