Pultrusion Technology Development for Chemically Bonded Ceramic Materials
Develop technology for a new class of inorganic materials, an innovative manufacturing technology that could produce high-performance, fire-resistant construction components at affordable cost.
Sponsor: Composite Support & Solutions, Inc.32526 Seahill Drive
Rancho palos Verdes, CA 90275
Pultrusion, a continuous manufacturing technique for producing structural shapes of fiber-reinforced polymeric materials, is a $700 million industry. However, the application of pultrusion-produced composites is currently limited by the use of petroleum-based polymer resins, which have the disadvantages of relatively low temperature resistance, the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during processing, and serious fire, smoke and toxicity issues. Composite Support and Solutions proposes developing a relatively new class of inorganic materials—chemically bonded ceramics (CBCs). These novel cementitious materials have the potential to provide superior pultruded products with fewer environmental drawbacks, thereby extending the pultrusion market. The project entails significant advances in the formulation and processing of CBCs to meet the requirements of the pultrusion process while still retaining the advantageous physical properties of the CBCs. If successful, the company estimates that the existing pultrusion industry could convert more than 15 percent of its current structural profiles to CBC composites immediately. As these materials eliminate the fire and high temperature barriers to the applications of pultruded structural components, new markets with a potential annual value of $240 million to $480 million will be created.