"In one quantum leap forward, incremental changes of the past in the composites industry are giving way to a total system breakthrough," says Gene Kirila, CEO of Pyramid Operating Systems. Kirila refers to his firm's new VEC(TM) operating system, the VEC 5.5Cell. The "Virtual Engineered" composites system links materials, equipment, process control, human interface, and advanced technology in one program. A key component of the operating system is Floating Mold(TM), a patent-pending, closed-mold technique that uses two composite laminate skins in a liquid, air-tight seal of two pressure vessels filled with non-compressible fluid. The system collects and analyzes materials data, then creates complete histograms of the resin environment during the composite-producing process. Control parameters include: temperature, viscosity, flow rate, mass density, gel times, and peak exotherms on a real-time basis. Visit www.pyracomp.com.
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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