JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 16

Applications

sports & leisure

Graphene-enhanced
composites allow for world's
fastest bicycle wheels
- Graphene-enhanced
composites allow for
world's fastest bicycle
wheels ......................... p16
- High-tech composite fire
fighter helmet ............. p17
- Ultralight composite
scooter for sustainable
urban mobility ............. p18

Recently awarded Vittoria Industries Ltd. has developed a range
of graphene-based products,
using this material's exceptional
properties for its renowned racing wheels, now dubbed "the
fastest in the world".

V

ittoria Industries Ltd. became an international group in 1990, building
a distinct brand name and image in
the bicycle wheels industry, with a specific
focus on racing wheels.
The company plans on pushing past the
usual boundaries met by cycling wheels
by working on flexibility, weight reduction
and effective heat dissipation.

Making the most
of graphene's unique properties
Graphene, about 100 times stronger than
steel and much lighter, conducts heat and
electricity very efficiently and has thus
been considered an exceptional material
ever since its discovery. It is no wonder
then that time and again it has been incorporated into polymer composites with the

clear goal of creating materials with even
better physical properties. As a result,
graphene composites possess a myriad of
wide-ranging applications thanks to their
unique and extremely useful properties:
low weight, flexibility, excellent electrical
conductivity, etc.
Possible applications range from medical
implants to reducing car weight by one
third in the automotive industry, and providing new, unique materials for the aeronautics sector. In the case of the "Qurano
46" full-carbon race wheel, Vittoria added
graphene to its wide-section tubular rims.
This improved the material properties by
10 to 30%. Thanks to graphene, the buildup temperatures were reduced and the
spoke-hole strength was increased, as well
as the lateral stiffness. What's more, Vittoria assures that even though the Qurano
wheels outperform
their previous carbonfibre wheels, they are
priced the same. As
of 2015, the company
is distributing the
Qurano wheels in 10
countries and plans
on following with 10
more.

Directa Plus, an Italian company supplying graphene materials. Directa launched
a 30-ton graphene plant and developed its
own exfoliation process, which is used to
produce super-expanded graphite, pristine
Graphene NanoPlatelets (GNPs), waterdispersed GNPs and fine nanographite
powder.
With this new generation of wheels, Vittoria went from manufacturer to innovative
precursor company. This was confirmed
in April 2015 when the company received
the IDTechEx Commercialisation award in
recognition of its use of graphene in traditional but high-end products and innovative advances in graphene composites. n
More information:
www.vittoria.com

Partnerships
and commercial
success
In order to bring
this project to light,
Vittoria worked with

The Qurano 46 provides both security and performance

Focus
Rudie Campagne, the founder and president of Vittoria Industries, notes:
"Receiving the IDTechEx award at the Printed Electronics Europe 2015 conference and trade show is a major milestone in the revolution we started. The
combination of our high-performance wheel and tyre products with pristine
graphene is an innovative development that unlocks a whole new level of
uncompromised performance."

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http://www.vittoria.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015

Cover
Edito
Point of view : business development
Contents
COMPANY & BUSINESS
In brief
Cluster
SME
Agenda of Events
APPLICATIONS
Sports & leisure
Safety
Sports & leisure
MARKET
Resins
FEATURE AUTOMOTIVE
Materials
Binder
Additive
CFRP
Epoxy
Hybrid polymer
QSP
CRTP
Rear axles
Tanks
Engines
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Fractography
Recycling
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS
Ancillary product
Vision system
Nano
Index
In the world
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Cover
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 2
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Point of view : business development
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Contents
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 7
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - In brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Cluster
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - SME
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 11
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 12
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 13
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Agenda of Events
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 15
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Sports & leisure
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Safety
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Sports & leisure
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Ad1
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Ad2
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 19
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Resins
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 21
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 22
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Materials
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 24
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Binder
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Additive
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 27
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 28
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 29
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - CFRP
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 31
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Epoxy
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 33
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Hybrid polymer
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - QSP
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 37
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 38
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - CRTP
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 40
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Rear axles
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Tanks
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Engines
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Fractography
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 47
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 48
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 49
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Recycling
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 51
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Ancillary product
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 53
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Vision system
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 55
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Nano
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - In the world
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 59
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