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