Excellent strength to weight. An all-purpose grade used in multiple industries
High-temperature resistant core suitable for prepreg applications
High-performance core for extremely demanding applications such as fast marine hulls
Superior strength to weight. Used in multiple industries, including wind and marine
A PET core with excellent FST properties used in transport and construction industries
A recyclable core material used in a variety of applications such as domes and claddings
Well-suited for use as local inserts in the way of fittings, either tapped or bolted through
A thermoplastic core material designed to increase performance and decrease weight
An aerospace core available with comprehensive quality documentation and traceability
A sandwich core with excellent FST properties, suitable in commercial aircrafts interiors
Core material for subsea applications, used from sea level to 700 meters depth
A deep-water subsea syntactic foam used for depths from 700 to 10,000 meters
A core with excellent insulation properties, for low and cryogenic temperatures
Used in marine and wind applications in combination with foam
A selection of the most widely used and preferred finishing options
Recently completed in Brisbane, Australia is a new 46 meter (150ft.) long footbridge that links the Queensland Tennis Centre (home of the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament) with Queensland Rail’s Yeerongpilly railway station. To create a visual as well as an actual link to the Centre, each side of the bridge features the sole of the iconic Dunlop Volley tennis shoe. Originally developed as a tennis shoe by Australian Adrian Quist in 1939 and featuring a distinctive herringbone tread pattern to provide better grip, it has been worn by a plethora of Australian tennis greats including Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Ken Rosewell.
Cure Composites (Yandina, Queensland)
was awarded the contract to produce the
giant pair of tennis shoe soles by Laing
0’Rourke the main contractor for the bridge.
Although fiberglass bridge claddings are
often produced as single skin components
using relatively low tech, chopper gun technology, Cure Composites proposed a solution that was based on sandwich composites and infusion molding. To create the tread pattern the company produced a series of chevron moldings that were up to 5.5 meters wide and 550 mm deep (18 ft. x 21.6 in.). The combination of sandwich composites and infusion technology would ensure that these components would meet the stiffness and strength requirements of the application while being around half the weight of single skin laminates.
In addition infusion molding has enabled
Cure Composites to achieve greater
component consistency and a superior surface
Other key points why infusion and foam
core were used:
Cure Composites also maintains that the
infused sandwich composites approach will
provide better storm and hailstone resistance.
During the project engineers working for
the main contractor expressed the view that
for future footbridge projects a complete
composite solution could be the way forward
in order to substantially reduce the overall
weight of the bridge thereby speeding installation
and reducing the size and cost of the
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