JEC Group have brought together the international community of composites leaders and executives in our Composites Circle as an unique networking opportunity to meet with both peers and future partners.
ICERP is one of the most important events of the Indian composites industry organized by FRP Institute once in two years and it is one of the biggest events on composites in India and Asia.To encourage the innovations carried in the field of composites in India an innovation award programme was initiated in 2008 by FRP Institute and JEC group.
The Innovation Award Program encourages the Indian composite professionals and companies to focus their application of information, imagination, skill and initiative through which new ideas and processes are generated and converted into useful composite products or processes. This Innovation Award Programme gives the Indian composites professionals and companies great scope to create value to their customers and also brings recognition, not only in India but also internationally.
FRP Institute (India) and JEC Group (France) decided to further widen the scope of the program with special emphasis on India. This program has been created to achieve the following:
BIOCOMPOSITES: Jute/coir biodegradable pultruded “green composite” - Hindoostan Composite Solutions part of Hindoostan Mills
Based on high performance requirements, two types of prepregs were designed for defense1. Jute Pultruded Composite: This is specially developed composite in continuous Unidirectional fibers/epoxy composite form as well as balanced, woven fabric/epoxy composite form.2. Coir Pultruded Composite: This is specially developed composite in continuous Uni directional fibers/epoxy composite form.
More information: www.hindoostantech.com
INTERMEDIATE PRODUCTS: High performance prepregs based on quartz reinforcements and solventless cyanate ester matrix resins and cyanate ester base resin film adhesive - Hindoostan Composite Solutions part of Hindoostan Mills
ADE evaluated thermal, mechanical and electrical characterization of cyanate ester resin film as well as cyanate ester/ quarts prepregs developed by Hindoostan Mills. ADE has intention to indigenize strategic aerospace grade composite intermediates using their composite development and characterization expertise.
A prepreg is a fiber reinforcement that is pre-impregnated with a resin matrix Hindoostan Mills has developed an advanced cyanate ester/quartz prepreg and cyanate ester resin adhesive film for defense. The development includes identification of process parameters and their resultant parameters such as cure cycle, b-staging, resin flow during cure, tackiness, material properties and storage life.
Based on the performance requirements and application two products were designed for ADE:
1. Hinpreg HQS286-CEA0020-38 : A high performance cyanate ester prepreg with quartz fabric of balanced woven quartz fabric of 290 gm per sqm areal weight and 28% of wt of resin matrix. It is an advanced cyanate-ester prepreg developed to enable economic manufacturing of various high performance composite applications. It has a versatile curing cycle, from 100°C to as high as 180°C It is been specially formulated to achieve excellent through-cure and mechanical performance.
2. Hinfilm TCEGF 200160 : It a specially designed advanced Cyanate Ester resin system film adhesive developed for bonding high performance composite materials, the substrates like honeycomb, foams, metals, and ceramic are can be bonded with excellent adhesion. It is been specially formulated to achieve goodthrough-cure, and enhanced for adhesive bonding applications. It has high fracture toughness and high shear strength. The material can preferred to produce a wide range of composites from small components to large structures of excellent quality and performance.
More information: www.hindoostantech.com
EQUIPMENT: Pultrusion machine with 4 grippers - Ashirvad Industries
If a beginner customer have this machine, he can capture and handle orders of different profile size without clamping adjustments complexity. There is no need to stop entire production of other profiles, if any one profile required to be changed or attained due to any production interruption, resulting increased ultimate productivity. Benefit of single larger profile is also covered, by simultaneous actuation of all 4 gripers in case of requirement.
More information: www.ashirvadind.com
MEDICAL: Carbon fiber sheets, plate and components with high radio transparency - Adorn Engineers
In medical field by using carbon fiber plate / sheet / components it gives accurate result and treatment due to its radiology higher transparency, as well as its very easy to operate. Adorn Engineer developed carbon fiber sheet within 2 year and now they are manufacturing and supplying their products across India since 1 year with exponential growth.
More information: www.santok.in
MARINE: Hull & deck single shot resin infusion process with stiffeners - Diab and Aquarius Shipyard
More information: www.diabgroup.com - www.aquariusgoa.com
AEROSPACE: Reflector antennas made with aluminum lined carbon fiber composite for satellite applications - Space Applications Centre ISRO
Spacecraft programme of ISRO is based on a 3 axis body stabilized geostationary satellite based on ISRO’s I-3K structure which will provide communication services. GSAT-19 spacecraft will be located at 48⁰E. For the transmission and reception of Ku-band uplink and downlink signals, two numbers of high gain transmit/receive deployable reflector antennas of 2.0m diameter, shall be used with four feeds per reflector. Each reflector shall cater to four beams.
Considering the advantages of high specific strength, high specific stiffness & low CTE carbon fibers and advancements in fabrication technology for realization of thinner metallic liners, a development programme has been undertaken by the Mechanical Engineering Systems Area (MESA) of Space Applications Centre to realize state-of-the-art Aluminum Lined Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Plastic (CFRP) feeds as well as CFRP chopped fibers filters for Satellite applications. The design approach and qualification aspects are described in this paper.
The use of composite materials in this application allows weight savings by at least 30 percent and increases in-mission life.
More information: www.sac.gov.in
This project was developed for Anakata of Oxford, UK. Their objective for this product was to develop a micro turbine for use near residential areas. The blade design concentrating therefore on noise reduction as well as improved efficiencies for a wind turbine system of this size.
Process: hand laminated carbon and glass fibre epoxy / prepreg. A mix of unidirectional carbon, lightweight carbon fabric (120 gsm) standard carbon fabric (200 gsm) and mid weight glass fabric. Made in two halves and bonded together in a jig.
Anakata developed the blade profile in CAD and some use of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). Initial prototypes for testing at their in-house wind tunnel facility made from 3D printed and resin models. Not really representative but helped to indicate development was in the right direction. The blade has a curved end for improved efficiency and noise reduction and very fine trailing edge details. The trailing edge being “wavy” and only 0.5mm thickness. On the outboard leading edge is a very fine detail, a raised zig zag, whose purpose is to “trip” the air again for efficiency and noise reduction.
Production has now reached into 3 figures and are installed in many sites. Particularly in South Korea from where the enquiry had come from to Anakata.
More information: www.moldexcomposites.com
INDUSTRIAL: A composite material made by selective prepregging & compressed molding process for cryogenic applications - Permali Wallace
It is a light weight material capable of replacing a very heavy part providing for both the thermal insulation as well as mechanical requirements as well as catering to high operating range thus can cover applications both for low temperatures applications as well as in high temperature.
The company currently supplied parts made of the same material to a German customer in 2 pcs. with each part weighing approximately 420 Kgs. – total weight of almost 840 Kgs. The same part in any other material would have weighed much more.
The laminates for these have already been developed and have been accepted by the customer. The sheets can be made in varying thickness and customized to specific design of the customer.
More information: www.permaliwallace.com
DEFENSE: A sonar dome made with glass fiber composite by VARTM process - Kineco
Manufacturing of sonar dome involves state of art technology for realization. The first challenge was manufacturing precise and accurate FRP tooling suitable for the process of VARTM. The sonar dome has been developed using high end glass reinforcements & resin systems by VARTM process, assisted by advanced process control technology. State of art equipments specially designed for manufacturing large and complicated composite parts have been used to produce sonar dome of 10.5 meters length, 3.5 meters height, and 3.0 meters width as a single component without any joinery.
Design & analysis, involves critical acoustic and structural 2017 considerations to meet the acoustic transparency and very high rough sea state conditions and hydrodynamic forces.
Sonar dome has been proven for its structural strength by FE analysis and tested to full size for acoustic transparency for the first time in India. The Sonar dome is finally supplied with drilled flanges suitable for mounting to ship hull along with specially engineered installation fixtures.
More information: www.kinecogroup.com
E-MOBILITY: An electric trycycle with whole body in composites - Triovision
Indian Market has seen tremendous growth in renewable energy over the past few years as everyone is trying to move into green energy but not much focus was considered in the automotive segment. Electric vehicles are becoming popular these days because of the advantages in fuel costs and increase in pollution especially in city traffic where the vehicle stopped continuously. To address these, a tricycle electric vehicle car is designed and the body is made in composites with the advantages of light weight, class A finish, weather resistance, fire and smoke retardancy and better strength. It is one of the first electric vehicle tricycle to be soon introduced into Indian Market made out of composites.
The car is a 3 seater vehicle which comes under L2E segment. It is fully automatic and totally enclosed to cater to the city pollution and traffic issues. The body is in composites to be produced in Resin Transfer Molding. The car can reach upto a peak speed of 45 kmph. The car also can maneuver easily and can be parked at ease. One charge of 2.5 hours can get a ride upto 120 km. It has also got some unique features which are to be revealed on the launch date.
More information: www.triovision.in - www.windstrip.com