HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Engineering Materials

US Navy Resin Will Make Composites Stronger, Flame-Resistant & Cheaper to Process

NO RATINGS
Page 1 / 2 Next >
View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
Page 1/2  >  >>
Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Good development
Rob Spiegel   8/14/2013 11:52:18 AM
NO RATINGS
this looks like an interesting development, Ann. I had no idea the US Nancy was in the composite research business.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
User Rank
Blogger
Impressive details on an advanced subject matter
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   8/15/2013 10:53:15 AM
NO RATINGS
Ann-very informative article.  Kudos to your level of intellect and experience in this very technical arena of advanced material sciences. I knew that you were a materials person, but you've just raised your own bar! You've delved into materials processing topics I have absolutely zero knowledge of, including resin infusion molding (RIM) and resin transfer molding (RTM).  

Regarding the physical properties descriptions of this stuff  --- (Phthalonitrile – did I pronounce that correctly-? ) --- thermal and water-absorption resistance, coupled with its strength are impressive.  Thanks for opening this door for me; looking forward to learning more.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Good development
Ann R. Thryft   8/15/2013 12:00:25 PM
NO RATINGS
Rob, I discovered the US Navy's research when I was looking into "nautical" robots. One of the robotic jellyfish we wrote about, RoboJelly, as well as its big brother Cyrus, are projects funded by the Office of Naval Research. The NRL is only one entity involved in various types of research, and it also serves the Marines.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Impressive details on an advanced subject matter
Ann R. Thryft   8/15/2013 12:04:49 PM
NO RATINGS
Wow, thanks, Jim. I wasn't sure if readers wanted something this technical, but many discussions like this one just don't reduce down. RTM and RIM are standard processes that have been around awhile but not for high-performance materials like this one.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Impressive details on an advanced subject matter
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   8/15/2013 6:19:31 PM
NO RATINGS
ON the issue of technical writing, DN has consistently evidenced that the deeper a technical issue is, the lesser the comments.  (Case in point; this article).  But I think that should be expected; -- for example, there have been several other deep articles from Guest Bloggers that I couldn't begin to comment on. The interested field of commenters just naturally narrows.

ON the subject of RIM, I was [minimally] familiar with another industrial process – Reaction Injection Molding (a different RIM) which is [loosely translated as] an injection of a 2-part epoxy.  A very slow processing time because 'cure' is required.  Checking my old faithful resource, Wikipedia doesn't have a page for your definition of RIM but does link it to your other suggested process, Resin Transfer (RTM). 

Always interesting to learn about new things – Thanks!

William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Impressive details on an advanced subject matter
William K.   8/18/2013 8:02:42 PM
NO RATINGS
Ann, while I don't have a use for this information today, it is certainly handy to have. This source of knowledge is a resource, and like most resources becomes reallyn valuable wnen you need it, and only "interesting" the rest of the time. I can see an immediate application of this material in high frequency hiher power RF electrical applications. 

What was not mentioned about the new material was outgassing, which affects the usefulness of a material for satellite and space applications, and also for semiconductor fabrication applications. 

So thatks for the educational article.

Crash55
User Rank
Iron
Contact Info for Navy Resin
Crash55   8/19/2013 9:08:57 AM
NO RATINGS
Can you share the contact at NRL for this?  I work for the Army and we have some possible applications.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Impressive details on an advanced subject matter
Ann R. Thryft   8/19/2013 1:01:17 PM
NO RATINGS
William, you're welcome. What you see here is what we were allowed to know. I understand from the source that NASA is very interested in this material, but I wasn't allowed to find out for what.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Contact Info for Navy Resin
Ann R. Thryft   8/19/2013 1:02:43 PM
NO RATINGS
Crash55, the contact is the person interviewed in the article. I reached him through the PR contact on the USNRL press release.

Crash55
User Rank
Iron
Re: Contact Info for Navy Resin
Crash55   8/19/2013 1:33:06 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks. I missed the name the first time I read through it. I should be able to find him in one of the DoD directories.

Page 1/2  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs from Engineering Materials
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
As the 3D printing and overall additive manufacturing ecosystem grows, standards and guidelines from standards bodies and government organizations are increasing. Multiple players with multiple needs are also driving the role of 3DP and AM as enabling technologies for distributed manufacturing.
A growing though not-so-obvious role for 3D printing, 4D printing, and overall additive manufacturing is their use in fabricating new materials and enabling new or improved manufacturing and assembly processes. Individual engineers, OEMs, university labs, and others are reinventing the technology to suit their own needs.
For vehicles to meet the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, three things must happen: customers must look beyond the data sheet and engage materials supplier earlier, and new integrated multi-materials are needed to make step-change improvements.
3D printing, 4D printing, and various types of additive manufacturing (AM) will get even bigger in 2015. We're not talking about consumer use, which gets most of the attention, but processes and technologies that will affect how design engineers design products and how manufacturing engineers make them. For now, the biggest industries are still aerospace and medical, while automotive and architecture continue to grow.
Design News Webinar Series
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jan 26 - 30, IPv6 for Micros – Hands-On
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Stratasys
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service