Trucks could be su­per strong

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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.

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