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FEATURE “Marine” A revolutionary new boat: using nextgeneration carbon nanotube-enhanced prepreg Nanomaterial specialist Zyvex Performance Materials (ZPM) unveiled a new boat to be built by Strategic Composites and made entirely with ZPM’s next-generation carbon nanotube (CNT) enhanced prepreg, Arovex®. he new boat, designated 540SE (Super Efficient), is intended as a technology demonstrator to show what future boats are capable of when built with new nanoenhanced materials like Arovex®. The 54-foot boat will weigh less than 3.6 metric tons (MT) fully equipped. This is approximately 75% less than similar-size fibreglass boats, and 33% less than conventional carbon fibre boats. Thanks to this drastic weight reduction, the new boat requires 75% less horsepower and features considerably reduced emissions and an extended range. Because of its extreme lightweight, the boat is very efficient and offers unprecedented fuel economy at low to medium cruising speeds. Boat construction has begun at the Strategic Composites factory in Pacific (Washington). “We are very proud to be unveiling this new boat. By reimagining and designing boats to take full advantage of our materials, a new generation of boats can be built that are remarkably lighter, consume far less fuel, and cut carbon emissions,” says Lance Criscuolo, president of Zyvex Performance Materials. By greatly reducing the weight of the boat, performance is increased and emissions are cut by more than two-thirds. This will create a new breed of boats that have expanded capabilities and range, while being environmentally responsible. Cities, security forces, and governments that are looking for a flexible platform with super efficiency now have an answer”. The boat is powered by a pair of small diesel engines, typically found on boats under 40 feet in length. These smaller engines will still be able to propel the hull to top speeds of over 43 knots. With offshore capabilities and a range of over 1,000 miles, the boat will also feature a “glass cockpit” similar those found in modern aircraft. Larger engines are optional for higher speed applications. T Focus Arovex® is a high-performance prepreg using CNT-enhanced resin. The resin is optimized for use in a prepreg and offers dramatically-superior mechanical properties over conventional prepregs without CNTs. Arovex® is available in standard, intermediate, and high-modulus carbon fibre, glass, and as a unidirectional, woven, or knitted material. Large custom material orders are also possible. The material is processed and handled just like conventional prepregs. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Zyvex Performance Materials Inc. was spun out of Zyvex Corporation in April 2007. ZPM focuses on developing nanotechnology to improve the properties of composite materials. The company’s patented technology allows composites to take advantage of the superior physical and chemical properties of carbon nanotubes by enabling the even dispersion of carbon nanotubes in composite mixtures. ZPM was the first company to provide carbon nanotubeenhanced products to the marketplace. Boat military. “This new nano-enhanced material will allow us to create the boats of the future,” commented Ron Jones Jr, president of Strategic Composites. “By being able to greatly decrease the weight of the structure, the engine and fuel requirements are reduced as well. This boat will be able to do things that other boats can’t. It could be carried and airdropped by cargo aircraft for rescue, deployment, or intercept missions”. Jones went on to elaborate, “The use of these new nano-enhanced materials will allow a new generation of ultra-efficient green boats to be built. While designed with defence and security missions in mind, the technology demonstrator will be a conventional civilian/recreational boat. A recreational version using the same hull and materials is also planned and should be available in early 2010 through Synergy Yachts. The announced launch date for the prototype is in November this year. More information: www.zyvexpro.com www.strategic-composites.com 34 jec composites magazine / No51 September 2009
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009

Cover
Editorial
Contents
NEWS WORLDWIDE - Companies
 - Agenda of events
 - JEC Show Asia 2009
 - Companies
BUSINESS
 - Market survey
 - Trends
 - Niche market
 - Human capital
FEATURE - MARINE
 - Process
 - Company
 - Prepreg
 - Nano-composites
 - Application
USERS’ PLATFORM
 - Composites in the world
 - Successful partners
 - Application
KNOW-HOW
 - Gelcoat
 - SMC
 - Bonding
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 - Editorial
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 - NEWS WORLDWIDE - Companies
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Agenda of events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - JEC Show Asia 2009
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Companies
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 - BUSINESS
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Market survey
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Trends
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Niche market
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Human capital
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 - FEATURE - MARINE
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Process
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Company
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Prepreg
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Nano-composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Application
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 - USERS’ PLATFORM
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Composites in the world
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Successful partners
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Application
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 - KNOW-HOW
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Gelcoat
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - SMC
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #51 - September 2009 -  - Bonding
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