|Subject: [harryproa] Sailboat mast using carbon nanotubes|
|From: John Foster |
|Date: 10/31/2006, 2:12 PM|
Zyvex Corporation today announced the world’s first sailboat mast using carbon nanotubes. The mast, unveiled last week at the nanoTX '06 tradeshow in Dallas, incorporates Zyvex’s NanoSolve® materials to improve yacht performance by significantly increasing the strength and stiffness of the mast without adding weight. The mast was built for the new Synergy 350 RL (www.synergyachts.com).
Previous state-of-the-art masts were made of layers of carbon fiber fabric, bonded together with epoxy. The new mast upgrades that basic epoxy with Zyvex’s NanoSolve Enhanced Epoxy to deliver a new level of performance.
Based on Zyvex’s work for NASA in developing
composite-in-composite materials, NanoSolve disperses carbon nanotubes
into the epoxy matrix to provide stiffer and tougher composite
structures. With a tensile strength 5-10 times higher than carbon
fibers, nanotubes reinforce the epoxy and make the entire structure