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Gastank Sweden AB obtains certification for new Type IV CNG cylinders using Voraforce composite systems from Dow

News International-French

28 Feb 2013

Gastank Sweden AB obtained the certificate according to UN ECE R110 regulation for its new Type IV Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders for motor vehicles.

Using Dow’s composite resin technology together with HiPer-tex glass fiber from 3B, Gastank Sweden AB offers high-performing and cost effective pressurized gas cylinders to automotive, commercial transportation, and industrial areas.

VoraforceTM TW toughened epoxy systems from Dow are designed to enable production of lightweight and durable composite cylinders with improved impact resistance, dynamic fatigue and low-temperature performance.

Professor Kurt Berglund, President of Gastank Sweden AB, states: “During several tests, the toughened epoxy systems from Dow showed excellent fiber wetting, reduced waste and gave high-quality final properties of the cylinders. Thanks to the long open time and features, the Dow solution allowed Gastank to optimize the winding process and fasten production, making our CNG cylinder solutions even more attractive to the industry.” Satisfied with these results and the successful UN ECE R110 qualification, Professor Berglund has expressed plans to pursue new projects with the Dow technology.

“In times when demand for natural gas vehicles is growing fast, Dow responds to the needs of the industry for light, strong and durable composite pressure vessels that enable better mileage and reduced emissions, replacing traditional metal cylinder tanks”, comments Francesca Pignagnoli, EMEA market manager for Industrial Composites at Dow.

Thanks to the powerful combination of VoraforceTM TW toughened epoxy system from Dow together with HiPer-tex high performance glass fiber from 3B, Gastank Sweden AB has now a state of the art benchmark solution composite pressure vessel in terms of lightweight, cost effectiveness and performance, meeting the stringent ECE R110 regulation.

Dow will showcase CNG cylinders from Gastank Sweden AB made with Voraforce TM TW systems at Stand P 14 during JEC Europe 2013 Composites Exhibition in Paris, March 12-14.

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