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Corrosion and Composites Headlines, May 16 - 31

June 01, 2016

In order to stay on top of the latest industry news, we’re always scouring the web for articles on corrosion and composites. Here are the interesting articles we found during the second half of May.

Corrosion

Pipeline company indicted in 2015 Santa Barbara County oil spill
The company that operates a pipeline that ruptured last year near Santa Barbara, sending up to 143,000 gallons of crude oil flowing into the coast, was indicted on dozens of criminal charges and could face fines of nearly $3 million.

Pipeline-Safety Questions Still Unanswered a Year After Refugio Oil Spill
Federal regulations and in-line inspections didn’t prevent the extensive corrosion that caused the Refugio Oil Spill, and though there’s been a lot of talk in the last year, no agencies have offered solutions to the issue of effectively detecting and acting on systemic corrosion for crude oil transportation pipelines.

The Latest: Pipeline Operator Could Face Penalty for Spill
Federal regulators say a company responsible for a massive oil spill on the California coast a year ago didn't do enough to prevent pipeline corrosion and its operators didn't detect the spill quickly enough.

Intelligent integrity
In the area of pipeline integrity, management of potential corrosion and flow assurance issues is a key focus. This research mitigates these issues through optimal materials design, robust chemical treatment programmes, and comprehensive maintenance and inspection practices.

Making some of the world's most durable materials corrosion-resistant
Borides are among the hardest and most heat-resistant substances on the planet, but their Achilles' Heel, like so many materials', is that they oxidize at high temperatures. Researchers have now produced an aluminum-layered boride whose unique behavior at high temperatures keeps it one step ahead of nature's slow march toward high-temperature chemical degradation.

Composites

Lightweighting is not the only way to achieve fuel-efficiency goals
According to this article, compromises must be made between the processes to produce polymer composite parts with the volume production that automotive OEMs require.

MIT Students Use Composites to Build Human-Powered Aircraft
MIT’s wing design this year features foam ribs wrapped with Mylar about as thick as a piece of paper. To increase launch speed, the plane will be fitted with a catapult the pilot will trigger as he leaves the launch ramp. The aircraft will also feature a massively oversized wing, large winglets, and custom airfoils to ensure the airflow, and therefore the flight, stays smooth.

New hybrid solar energy system uses composites to lower costs
Created to exploit the high strength and stiffness, lightweight and durability of composites in new solutions for the solar and hybrid energy market, the patent-pending 5D Watts hybrid solar energy system increases energy production 400% vs. traditional flat-panel systems while offering lower purchase and installation cost.

Composite 3D Printer has a New Way to Make High-Strength Woven Parts
This newly launched 3D printer can extrude woven fiber composite parts, resulting in glass, carbon fiber, or other aramid fibers suitable for the aerospace and automotive industries as well as other high-pressure environments.

University of Delaware announces composite medal award winners
The medal is to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of composite materials.

300 students vie for $20K at UMaine competition
"It was inspiring to see the creativity of these Maine students and, without doubt, Maine composites companies are looking forward to them joining our workforce," Steve Von Vogt, managing director of the Maine Composites Alliance, which was a partner in the challenge, said in a statement.

Hyperloop to use “Vibranium” Carbon Fiber Composites
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced that its futuristic capsule will be made with a carbon fiber composite material, which it is naming “Vibranium” after the fictional material used to protect Captain America. Hyperloop collaborated with Slovakian materials firm c2i on the composite, which will cover the inside and outside of its capsules.

First Vehicle to Have a Thermoplastic Composite Primary Suspension Spring
A purpose-built racing vehicle designed to highlight the application of thermoplastic composites in automotive applications recently competed for the first time at the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Majors event at the Motor Speedway Resort (MSR) Houston—a 17-turn 2.38-mile road course race track located in Angleton, Texas.

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