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2020 Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) winners announced

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25 Sep 2020

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) announced the winners for the Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE).

2020 Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) winners announced

2020 Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) winners announced

The ACE is a prestigious composites industry competition that recognizes outstanding achievement and innovation in design, manufacturing, and market growth. The winning entries were announced virtually at the seventh annual CAMX-The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo.
 

Design category: the Most Creative Application Award

The Most Creative Application Award went to the University of Tennessee for UTK Filament Tower.

The Most Creative Application Award went to the University of Tennessee for UTK Filament Tower.

The UTK filament tower was the first composite structure featured at Exhibit Columbus, a biennial event where designers create outdoor installations and experiences. A team of  23 students, faculty, and staff used a nine-axis robot and a novel coreless filament winding technique, which eliminated the need for a surface mold, to construct the 30-foot lattice tower. It featured 3D-printed composite bases and 27 composite components, each weighing between 5-30 lbs. and measuring 3-8 feet in length. The project explored computational design and robotic fabrication of composite structures for architectural applications, highlighting the unique aesthetic qualities of carbon and glass fiber.
More information: www.utk.edu

Manufacturing category: the Equipment and Tooling Innovation Award

The Equipment and Tooling Innovation Award went to the University of Delaware for 3D Printing Continuous Carbon Fiber/Thermoset Composites.

In the Manufacturing category, the Equipment and Tooling Innovation Award went to the University of Delaware for 3D Printing Continuous Carbon Fiber/Thermoset Composites.

The University of Delaware Composite & Additive Manufacturing (CAM) Laboratory has developed a localized in-plane thermal assisted (LITA) 3D printing technique to fabricate continuous fiber reinforced thermoset composite parts. The 3D printing technique is based on a robotic system consisting of printing head, liquid thermoset resin dispenser, and heater. This 3D printing technique allows thermoset polymer liquid with a controllable viscosity and degree of curing to enable its fast and near-simultaneous infusion and curing to implement in situ solidification of composites into arbitrary shapes. A wide range of thermoset polymers and fibers (e.g., carbon, glass, and Kevlar) could be applied.
More information: www.udel.edu
 

Manufacturing category: the Materials and Process Innovation Award

The Manufacturing category also features the Materials and Process Innovation Award which went to TRB Lightweight Structures Ltd for Fast Press Cure, a disruptive high volume composite manufacturing method.

The Manufacturing category also features the Materials and Process Innovation Award which went to TRB Lightweight Structures Ltd for Fast Press Cure, A Disruptive High Volume Composite Manufacturing Method.

TRB has developed a fully automated and vertically integrated process to unlock composites at scale, resulting in the manufacture of complex components in a fraction of the time of traditional hand layup. It works with carbon fiber, glass, hemp and other composite fiber materials and can incorporate EMI shielding, thermal insulation, high voltage insulation in the layup process, to enable the right material mix and structure for a wide variety of components. This innovation means that for the first time, composites can meet the cost, velocity, and quality requirements of the electric vehicle industry.
More information: www.trbls.com

 

Market growth category: the Composites Sustainability Award

In the Market Growth Category, the Composites Sustainability for Market Growth Award went to LyondellBasell for Composite Manhole Covers Solve Iron Problems.

In the Market Growth category, the Composites Sustainability for Market Growth Award went to LyondellBasell for Composite Manhole Covers Solve Iron Problems.
With rising construction activities worldwide, the manhole cover market is expanding. Through the collaboration between LyondellBasell and Composite Access Products (CAP), composite solutions are replacing traditional materials like metal and concrete used in manhole applications due to its superior properties like strength, corrosion resistance, and molding capabilities. Through CAP’s compression molding process of LyondellBasell’s thermoset material, cost improvements and rapid production cycles are realized when compared to Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) and other fiberglass (FRP/GRP) casting processes.  This process enhances quality by reducing entrapped gas, ensuring a complete thermoset polymer cure, delivering fully impregnated fiberglass, and eliminating many post-process operations.
More information: www.lyondellbasell.com

 

Market growth category: Infinite Possibility Award

Finally, in the Market Growth category, the Infinite Possibility for Market Growth Award went to the IYRS School of Technology for Heavy Lift Aerial Platform (HLAP).

Finally, in the Market Growth category, the Infinite Possibility for Market Growth Award went to the IYRS School of Technology for Heavy Lift Aerial Platform (HLAP).
The Heavy Lift Aerial Platform (HLAP) concept model has a range of applications from urban air mobility, commercial or military, including delivery of goods, observation, inspections, communications, search & rescue, or cinematography. This multi-purpose unmanned aerial vehicle features a 29-pound primary airframe with an all-up flying weight of 61-pounds. The eight power units produce a load capacity of 103-pounds. The array of processes employed include: Direct tool CNC machining, prepreg fabrication, vacuum infusion, 3D printing and hollow form braiding. The 3-year project has involved multiple generations of IYRS students engaged in CAD modeling, CNC operations, and fabrication of various platform components.
More information: www.iyrs.edu