Paris -- BASF has announced its plan to showcase the innovative technology behind its polyurethane-based ultra-light utility poles at JEC composites Show.
The firm’s new strong and wind resistant utility pole made with Elastolit is lighter and at least 2.5 times more wind-resistant than the commonly used concrete utility poles for medium voltage grids, according to a BASF press release.
The poles withstood China’s Rammasun typhoon – where wind speeds reached 161km/hour, even though they themselves weigh 250kg. The storm destroyed 70,000 concrete and metal utility poles while none of the polyurethane-based utility poles were affected and are still in service, said the press release.
BASF will also outline examples of new uses for thermosets and thermoplastics for automotive lightweight design that achieve further reductions in component weight and CO2 emissions.
Structural componentry made by wet pressing with an Elastolit Resin Transfer Moulding polyurethane system will be showcased at the event.
JEC composites Show runs March 10 to 12, 2015.