Central regions | Technology & innovation | Industry, manufacturing
Russian scientists develop lightweight material for next gen drones
5 Nov '13
New synthetic fiber developed by scientists in Tver, in Central Russia, can make it possible to reduce the weight of drones by more than half, Russian company RT-Chemcomposite announced.
Researchers at VNIISV, a Tver-based subsidiary of RT-Chemcomposite, are said to have come up with a “unique” technology that enables the use of ultrahigh-molecular polyethylene to make very strong and super-strong reinforcing filaments.
A favorable combination of high durability, low density and transparency in a wide range of electromagnetic fields could pave the way for processing such filaments into lightweight polyethylene-based plastics for aircraft-building purposes.
“Using the new unique material in manufacturing drones will reduce the weight of an aircraft by up to 2.5 times and make sure it stays radio-transparent,” said Sergei Sokol, the CEO of RT-Chemcomposite.
The useful properties of such polyethylene-based plastic include low moisture absorption, which would keep products based on the plastic from icing and subsequent crack formation; vibration resistance; chemical inertness; and improved shockproof properties.