NTPT Collaborates with EPFL
Research of Discontinuous Fiber Composite Tubes
NTPT, specialists in Thin Ply prepregs, preforms and parts, are collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners, to further demonstrate proof of the technology.
NTPT has been successfully producing high-performance carbon fibre tubes using their patent pending method for manufacturing tubes with Thin Ply prepreg materials since 2016. In order to fully understand the behavior and potential of such tubes, the company is partnering with EPFL, specialist in research and technology transfer work in the field of composite materials.
The four-year study focuses on discontinuous fiber composite tubes for high performance applications, referring to NTPT's proprietary manufacturing process for high performance tubes, which offer tighter tolerances, greater repeatability, as well as a high level of customization and design freedom. The study's goal is to create a strong scientific knowledge base, and develop the technical tools required to create design rules, optimize the material and continue to look at the cost effectiveness of the process.
Two components will be developed through the course of the study: one short term project is a windsurf mast which will be developed over an 18-month period in conjunction with professional windsurfer Tristan Algret; and the other is a 3-year project with a leading aerospace company to develop tubular structures for UAVs.
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