Once more AP gives a World Première, be it on new products or partnerships that will lead to advanced equipment: the partnership between CarbonioGFT and Nano-Tech has started.
CarbonioGFT has entered the carbon fiber blades market in 2008, producing only blades and no foot-pockets, with a very intelligent and effective solution, bringing PrePreg carbon fiber in the market to produce blades. The PrePreg (pre-impregnated) is a carbon fiber with industrially added resin in quantity and distribution that result to be almost perfect (no air bubbles and excess or insufficient resin), compared to manual impregnation. Due to all the advantages of PrePreg, today almost all the composite material blade manufacturers have aligned to such solution. Prepreg is today also often used, as per CarbonioGFT, on glass fiber blades.
Today PrePreg is so diffused that CarbonioGFT has wanted to make another step forward towards the future anticipating competition, and has signed an agreement with Nano-Tech, an Italian company in Ascoli Piceno, specialized in R&D of nano technologies applied to polymers and composite material, such as carbon fiber. Thanks to nano-technologies, material can result in being more efficient, resistant, reduce vibrations and eliminate delamination of the fibers.
Partneship between the two companies will add nano-technology to composite material utilized for the manufacturing of fin blades, where Nano-Tech will bring its experience in nano-technologies and CarbonioGFT will transfer them in the production process, that has always been in-house, and on which the Italian company from Puglia has now almost 20 years of experience.
This partnership aims to designing and manufacturing a new generation of composite blades, that thanks to nano-technology will potentially be lighter, more flexible and comfortable, making finning more efficient and so utilizing at best the force generated by the diver.
In general, nano-technologies applied to polymers and compite materials, the core of the know-how by Nano-Tech, permit to obtain more with less. In fact, very small quantities of nanoparticles are sufficient to generate a great improvement in the characteristics of the resulting composite material. To do this, very important is the grade of distribution and integration of nanoparticles with the composite material, and Nano-Tech has the know-how and the technologies to obtain such result. This approach, together with the know-how of the formulation of composite materials, permits to have a final material with characteristics that are very different from the initial ones, without penalizing other mechanical characteristics of the material, as it instead often happens with traditional technologies. The resulting nanocomposite material can so gain good electric and thermal properties, great capacity in reducing vibrations, improve tenacity, resistance to fatigue and lightness. All this technologies for example are also applied to the very competitive world of racing cars.
Referring to tenacity, for example, compared to the traditional toughened matrix utilized on composite materials that see a general loss of mechanical characteristics which is proportional to the grade of additional toughness generated, the nanotechnologies based on nanocarbon permit to obtain a tough material which is at the same time resitant.