AP-60 polymer is for sealing in high-pressure, high-temperature settings that also require high resistance to wear and friction. The material is a fully fluorinated, chemically modified fluropolymer alloy of Alkoxy-TFE with a fraction of polybenzmidazole as a polymer matrix. It is reinforced with organo-metallic microspheres and high-purity graphite fibers. The polymer seals at 650F and 2,500 psi, with intermittent high-temperature excursions.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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