Carbon Fiber 2013 conference gearing up for Oak Ridge location

CompositesWorld reports that it has begun work on its Carbon Fiber 2013 conference, Dec. 9-12 at the Crowne Plaza Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn., USA.

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CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, as well as the CompositesWorld Weekly newsletter, reports that it has begun preparations for the Carbon Fiber 2013 conference, Dec. 9-12 at the Crowne Plaza Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn., USA, near the Oak Ridge National Labs. 

Visit the Carbon Fiber 2013 website for more information. Carbon Fiber 2013 sponsors are C.A. Litzler, Harper International, Knoxville Oak Ridge Innovation Valley, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Izumi International Inc.

Among the speakers at Carbon Fiber 2013 will be Dr. Neel Sirosh, chief technology officer at Quantum Technologies Inc. (Lake Forest, Calif., USA). He will discuss "Carbon Fiber Powering America’s Big Rigs." Sirosh notes some of the largest trucks in America are now powered by low-cost natural gas fuel stored in carbon fiber tanks. Each truck represents approximately 330 lb/150 kg of carbon fiber, supporting a range of 700 to 1,000 miles. Carbon fiber not only competes with steel in this case, but wins. Carbon fiber contributes to saving 1,500 lb/680 kg per truck, improving the payload capacity and saving $40,000 to 80,000/year in fuel.

Sirosh says popular carbon fiber tanks for Class 8 trucks are 500 to 600 liters in capacity, approximately 2 ft by 7 ft (0.6 to 2.1m) and weighs 240 lb/109 kg each. There can be two ‘saddle’ tanks on each truck, providing 100 diesel gallon equivalent fuel. These filament-wound tanks are designed for a 20-year service life at 3,600 psi service pressure. Large-diameter tanks are typically Type IV tanks that incorporate non-load-bearing polymer liners, due to manufacturing challenges associated with making large-diameter metallic tanks.

Sirosh says the impact of the American shale gas revolution has transformed the transportation industry. The U.S. sits on a 100-year reserve of natural gas, producing the equivalent of 4 billion barrels of oil per year.