Trucks could be super strong
CSIRO researchers are working on a new generation of super-strong, lightweight polymer composite that could be used for trucks, trains and planes.
Dr Stuart Bateman is leading a team at the CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering division which is designing and testing a new type of polymer composites that will be lighter and stronger than the materials used in the transportation sector.
‘‘Composites with improved mechanical properties allow greater design flexibility and the down-gauging of wall thickness for additional weight savings,’’ Dr Bateman said. ‘‘We use nano-technologies to improve the mechanical performance of conventional composite materials, and at the same time introduce valuable functional properties previously not possible in composites.’’ PLANNING routes for heavy haulers should be a lot easier thanks to a new web portal set up the National Transport Commission.
The new program, which can be used for free at www.ntc.gov.au, is an interactive map that can be used to plan routes across all Australian states and territories.
It displays access for different kinds of trucks in different colour codes.