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education

Successful advanced
composites projects in Singapore
Advanced composites are a core field of expertise of the School of Applied Science (SAS) and the New Materials Technology Centre (NMTC)
at Republic Polytechnic in Singapore. This paper features some of
the flagship projects that were conducted in collaboration with key
industry partners.

By
sonG sin nee
sChool of Applied sCienCe (sAs),
republiC polyteChniC (rp)

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stablished on 1 August 2002, Republic Polytechnic (RP) was the first
educational institution in Singapore
to leverage on the problem-based learning
approach for all its diploma programmes.
The polytechnic has six schools and
two academic centres offering forty-one
diplomas. RP's School of Applied Science
houses staff with expertise in composites
fabrication, materials characterization and
failure analysis. Housed within the school,
the New Materials Technology Centre
(NMTC) focuses on materials related
research areas such as advanced composites research. The centre has successfully
secured an excess of S$ 7.5 million in
external research grant funds over the past
nine years.

Bamboo composites
for concrete reinforcement
The world's growing global population is
expected to have a significant impact on the
continued availability of natural resources.
Therefore, there is a need explore the use
of environmentally friendly and renewable
materials. In concrete reinforcement, concerns have been surfaced on the continued
use of construction steel due to its corrosion susceptibility, high carbon footprint
and non-renewable nature.

Bamboo would be an attractive candidate
for concrete reinforcement due to its ease of
availability within the tropical belt, in particular South-East Asia. Utilizing a patented
formulation from Future Cities Laboratory,
raw bamboo has been processed into a form
of bamboo composites. To fulfill its role in
concrete reinforcement, it is necessary to enhance the bonding between two dissimilar
materials: bamboo composites and concrete.
This project seeks to develop a coating that
enhances the adhesion between bamboo
composites and concrete.

Non-destructive testing
A wide range of fabrication processes
are used within the aerospace sector to
manufacture nose cone composites. Hand
lay-up and resin infusion continues to be
the most commonly applied manufacturing
techniques. These methods involve applying
alternative layers of carbon fibre and resin. In

Students from the Specialist Diploma in Advanced Composites learning about autoclave at
Admiralty International Pte Ltd

46 jec composites magazine / No100 October 2015

the aerospace industry, airplanes are prone
to lightning strikes and to the risk of impact
damage at high altitude. Non-destructive
testing (NDT) is conducted at regular
intervals to detect the presence of cracks
and voids in the composite thus allowing
for early damage detection and to prevent
failure. In collaboration with Admiralty
International Pte Ltd, techniques such as tap
testing, fluorescent penetrant inspection and
ultrasonic NDT are used in projects at RP.
Each NDT method serves the same purpose
but detects the defects in a different way.
Tap testing is a form of preliminary testing
used to detect the defect's location based
on counts, fluorescent penetrant inspection
is used to detect surface and sub-surface
defects, while ultrasonic testing can detect
defects in thicker composite samples.

Intelligent pipe
Within the oil and gas sector, the team is
working with Composite Cluster Singapore
to develop an in-situ structural monitoring
system for carbon fibre composite pipes.
The team is developing a composite pipe
with embedded sensors using an advanced
manufacturing technique. The intelligent
pipe will be able to detect damage using
the embedded sensors without compromising the functionality and reliability of
the composite pipe. Lightweight, highstrength composite pipes can be fabricated
using advanced composite manufacturing



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015

Cover
Edito
Point of view: The future of mass production
Contents
Companies & Business
In brief
Agenda of Events
Applications
Music - An innovative resin for the music industry
Sports & leisure - New quartz fibe prepreg material for a watch
Market
Asia - China & India: two demographic giants in very different composites markets
Industrial property - Statistical patent analysis for composite material shaping
SPECIAL JEC ASIA
15th International JEC Conferences
JEC Asia Innovation Awards Awards 2015
Education - Successful advanced composites projects in Singapore
Process - Reduction of cure cycle time through microwave curing
FEATURE
Propeller - Interchangeable motorboat propel-ler blades made of composites
Revival - The world’s fastest sailing yacht
NDTNon-destructive testing of composites benefits boat acing
Fast boat - A new generation of fast, fuel-efficient boat
Bonding - Primerless structural adhe-sives gain DNV-GL approval for marine applications
Core material - Rowing solo across the pacifi in a 24-foot boat
Research & Development
Damage - Prediction in- and out-of-plane damage in fibe-reinforced composites
Recycling - Using steam thermolysis to recycle carbon fibes from composite waste
Technology & Innovations
Thermoplastic - Easy handling, high- performance thermoplastic solutions for composites
Permeability - Why measure permeability?
Polyurethane - Polyurethane prepregs for cost-effective lightweight construction
Pipe - A new standard in multilayer composite pipe productivity
Index
In the world
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Point of view: The future of mass production
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - In brief
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Agenda of Events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Music - An innovative resin for the music industry
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Sports & leisure - New quartz fibe prepreg material for a watch
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Asia - China & India: two demographic giants in very different composites markets
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Industrial property - Statistical patent analysis for composite material shaping
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 15th International JEC Conferences
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - JEC Asia Innovation Awards Awards 2015
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Education - Successful advanced composites projects in Singapore
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Process - Reduction of cure cycle time through microwave curing
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Propeller - Interchangeable motorboat propel-ler blades made of composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Revival - The world’s fastest sailing yacht
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 56
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - NDTNon-destructive testing of composites benefits boat acing
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 58
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Fast boat - A new generation of fast, fuel-efficient boat
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 60
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Bonding - Primerless structural adhe-sives gain DNV-GL approval for marine applications
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Core material - Rowing solo across the pacifi in a 24-foot boat
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Damage - Prediction in- and out-of-plane damage in fibe-reinforced composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 66
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 67
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Recycling - Using steam thermolysis to recycle carbon fibes from composite waste
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 69
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 70
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 71
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Thermoplastic - Easy handling, high- performance thermoplastic solutions for composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 74
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Permeability - Why measure permeability?
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Polyurethane - Polyurethane prepregs for cost-effective lightweight construction
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Pipe - A new standard in multilayer composite pipe productivity
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - In the world
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