Despatch Industries, Minneapolis, has partnered with an Australian university’s Carbon Fibre Research Facility in Victoria, Australia, to provide carbon fiber production equipment.

A complete, but micro-scale, carbon fiber research production line will be installed alongside the 20 t/yr carbon fiber pilot line already under construction at the research facility at Deakin University’s Geelong Waurn Ponds campus.

“Having both production lines available will allow us to be even more flexible in the size and scope of our experiments,” says Bronwyn Fox, associate professor. “This, in turn, will enhance our capacity to perform internationally relevant research and development activities. With this equipment at our disposal we will be able to achieve our goal of advancing the quality of carbon fiber materials and expanding the application base.”

The production line with fully integrated services and control platform in a micro-scale package enables carbon fiber research users to run trials without production-line disruption, perform analytical data collection and experiment with variable hardware configurations and process parameter variations. The Despatch equipment includes its center-to-ends oxidation ovens and multi-zoned LT and HT furnaces. Despatch offers a sub-system that includes surface treatment, sizing and drying. An integrated control platform for accurate, centralized control, higher levels of automation and increased flexibility of the micro-line line is available.