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JV promotes composite process

JV promotes composite process

Virtual reality in composites THE UK’S national laboratory standards the National composites Physics Laboratory (NPL) has recently launched the...

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Virtual

reality in composites

THE UK’S national laboratory

standards

the National

composites

Physics

Laboratory (NPL) has recently launched the R version of its

industry

visualizing ply three-dimensional Laminate

Damage

virtual testing system Materials Interactive, which can be

predicts material

accessed

nate composite

from

the

website

the

work

Materials Technology

of the

Centre

for

Measurement and using interactive

as

Simulator

the degradation of properties of a lamimaterial

stress. It requires

www.npl.co.uk. This site aims to highlight

such

cracking and surfaces. The

under

CosmoPlayer

and a Java-capable browser to run. According to NPL, despite virtual infancy

testing being in its it will in the not too

internet technologies such as Java and VRML. It demon-

distant future replace many of the mechanical tests routinely

strates some of the principles

of

virtual

by

carried out today. NPL; tel: +44-208-977-3222;

testing

future

design

required engineers

of the

JV promotes

fax: +44-208-943-6458.

composite

process

THE CREATION of Tetraform Composites Ltd, a joint venture

the process is that it enables the fabrication of metal compo-

between company Pulley Brothers Ltd of Birmingham, UK, and Integral Plastics Group plc, Tetbury, will enable the

nents and fixings within the forming process, thus eliminating assembly operations and producing flush surfaces free of

companies to highlight a patented composite forming process

metal fasteners says the company. It can also produce high

developed

unique

quality surface finishes

by Pulley Brothers.

According Brothers, its

to Pulley Tetraform is a

process developed

from

that are

resistant to degradation from UV light, and because it uses coloured

materials

painting

is

two existing and proven techniques; vacuum forming and polyurethane moulding. The

no longer required. Its tooling is also relatively inexpensive.

process tough,

aging director (MD) of Pulley Brothers, has been named MD of Tetraform Composites Ltd.

is said to self-coloured

produce compo-

nents such as body panels for trucks and off-road vehicles, as well

as for

industry.

the

construction

One major benefit

Geoff Hunt, the current man-

Pulley Brothers Ltd; tel: +44121-384-7000;

of

fax:

+44-121-

350-7496.

Booklet details FRP pumps US BASED RTP Co has published a guide providing detailed infor-

common

resin

systems.

Accor-

mation on the various resins and additives use in the manufacture

ding to the report, thermoplastic compounds are replacing the traditional materials of choice for

of pumps

housings,

Aimed at moulders, OEMs and designers working in the pump market, the Specialty Compounds for Pumps booklet contains successful application

such as metals or unfilled resins because they offer increased product reliability, simplifier product maintenance reduced costs and reduced weight.

stories and a comprehensive list. of design considerations and typical applications for most

RTP Co; tel: +l-SO7-4546900; fax: +l-507-454-8130; e-mail: [email protected]

impellers

and

seals

THE ENQUIRY NUMBER FOR THIS ADVERTISEMENT

April 2000

IS 361

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