Lighter, Cheaper Thermoplastic CNG Tanks for Automotive & Commercial Vehicle Markets

Tank Making Trials

Our initial tape winding and tank making trials have been successfully completed.

Based on the positive results from the 2nd set of Winding and Programming Trials we proceeded to the manufacture of a complete tank.

Various iterations of temperature and speed were tried in order to achieve the best quality.

Some highlights:

  • The Industrial scale tank winding equipment has been fully manufactured and commissioned
  • Two heating systems heating systems have been evaluated and adjusted to optimise performance
  • Both the liner and the tapes have been processed successfully
  • A full tank has been produced which is now ready for initial evaluation

In the next phase of the work, we will:

  • Refine the process further
  • Check the pressure vessels being produced by the tank winding equipment are compliant with ISO 11439
  • Implement quality control procedures to monitor online process conditions
  • Capture off-line quality data

Published: 30th March 2020

Funding

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 820567.

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