The world continues to race for new materials that not only replace traditional metals and plastics, but also open up opportunities for creating products that cannot be made using classical materials. Among these are new materials based on carbon micro- and nanostructures, such as carbon fibers or nanotubes. Carbon fibers, stronger than steel, and as light as paper, made possible to construct such engineering objects as the newest passenger aircraft that consume record-low fuel.
INFRA Technologies group is researching the cutting-edge carbon materials: composites and high-strength fiber materials based on long (up to one centimeter) nanotubes. The world market, even for “classical” materials based on macroscopic carbon fiber, is annually increasing by 25%, and its volume now amounts to 50 billion US dollars per annum. INFRA Technologies offers perspective alternative solutions.
RND and technological divisions of INFRA Technologies is engaged both in its own research and works in partnership with a number of research institutions, one of which is Technological Research Institute for Superhard and New Carbon Materials (Troitsk, Russia). The company has own equipment and an experimental production line that allows for research and lab-scale production.
A metal flow reactor lined with heat-resistant material makes it possible to obtain ample quantity of high-quality carbon nanotubes from the gas-phase. Technology is now at the final stage of pilot testing in the company’s pilot plant. Materials in the form of nanotubes yarn, twisted fibers, felt, prepregs and other composites are ready for market distribution.