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Elizabeth M
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Good choice
Elizabeth M   4/8/2013 7:38:49 AM
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You're right, Ann, it seems like composites are a good choice of material here for helping make this fascinating expedition a success. What possibilities will the outcome of the expedition have to affect future use and development of composites, do you think?

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Good choice
Ann R. Thryft   4/8/2013 3:02:15 PM
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Thanks, Elizabeth. The expedition's blog has a lot of links on it explaining what the goals are, including what Ticona expects to get out of this.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   4/9/2013 4:30:04 AM
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Great, Ann, I will check that out. It's an interesting thing to report on; definitely something different than the norm, and quite an innovative use for composites.

William K.
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The composite sled in a cold neighborhood.
William K.   4/9/2013 11:21:12 AM
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It does sound like an excellent choice of materials, but like a really unpleasant place to visit. Of course part of that is just that we are ending winter here in southeastern Michigan and I am quite tired of our winter weather. I have used UHMW PE, but not such a high grade as this, and it is a material that should not give them any problems. I hope that the carbon fiber materials are just as durable.

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Re: Good choice
Ann R. Thryft   4/9/2013 11:47:36 AM
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Although carbon composites have been used in sports gear for years--and in fact golf clubs were one of the material's first widespread applications--it's pretty new as a material for sleds.

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Re: The composite sled in a cold neighborhood.
Ann R. Thryft   4/9/2013 11:48:03 AM
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William, I don't envy you those Michigan winters, but the two guys doing this expedition are extreme athletes, and like that sort of thing. Thanks for the input on UHMW PE--I'm not at all concerned about the carbon fiber composites, considering what they can do in military aircraft and sports equipment.

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Nice sled, poor color choice for the arctic
RogueMoon   4/9/2013 11:49:32 AM
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It sounds like the material choices for this gear is well chosen.  I hope that the picture isn't indicative of the actual equipment used.  Nothing is worse than trying to find anything white in a snowstorm.  I hope they keep their gear close at hand.  I'd hate to lose track of a white sled on an arctic expedition.

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Re: Nice sled, poor color choice for the arctic
William K.   4/9/2013 12:12:54 PM
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The pictures in the slideshow dipict the sleds as black, or close to black.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   4/9/2013 12:44:55 PM
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I did not know that about golf clubs...interesting. (Then again, it's not really my sport!) Sleds I suppose might be a lower-volume product, unless it was used for consumer sleds and not just ones used for extreme excursions like this one! I suppose there could be uses for other sporting equipment as well? Skis? Snowboards? Already being used?

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Re: The composite sled in a cold neighborhood.
Charles Murray   4/9/2013 7:25:30 PM
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I think you're right about it being an unpleasant place to visit, William K. I just checked on the Internet, and the temperature in Svalbard (which is where the location of Spitsbergen, I believe) is -2F right now. On Thursday, though, the temp will soar to 12F.  

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