A global search for the next composite App-lication

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Infrastructure Durability

Infrastructure is critical to clean drinking water and preventing bridges, streets and buildings from crumbling and having to be replaced. Governments around the world are currently spending billions to replace aging infrastructure. Consider these facts:

  • Century-old pipes in many western cities mean more than 10 percent of the water is lost to leakage.1
  • A significant water line bursts on average every two minutes somewhere in the U.S.2 In Washington, D.C., a pipe breaks every day, on average.3
  • Estimates by the U.S. Department of Transportation show corrosion costs the U.S. approximately $300 billion annually. Similar costs have been estimated in Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.4

Composites are corrosion resistant and can help build a more durable and sustainable future. What long-lasting idea is in your head?

Fuel Efficiency

Cars, trucks, planes and trains sip less fuel and cost less to operate when they’re lighter. Consider these facts:

  • Fuel consumption in cars produces about one pound (0.45 kilograms) of CO2 per mile driven and a 10 percent weight reduction translates to a 7 percent fuel savings.1
  • With more than 18,000 active commercial passenger and cargo aircraft flying some 38 billion miles a year globally, a 1 percent reduction in fuel consumption through composites could save about 16 million barrels of oil annually.
  • A typical composite part is 25 to 35 percent lighter than conventional materials.2

Composites can play a key role in reducing weight and improving energy efficiency. What weight-saving idea is fueling your thinking?

Renewable Energy

The world desperately needs to develop a diversified portfolio of renewable energy resources to protect the health of our planet and ensure future energy supplies. Consider these facts:

  • Political considerations and environmental concerns are expected to move the world's energy consumption away from fossil fuels. 1
  • Combined global revenue for three major renewable sectors –- solar, wind and biofuels -– grew by 11.4 percent (in 2009) over 2008, reaching $139.1 billion.2
  • The world’s wind power capacity grew by 31 percent in 2009, adding 37.5 gigawatts (GW) to bring total installations up to 157.9 GW.3

Wind energy is not practical without composite materials and they can enable many other emerging renewable energy technologies as well. What’s your cool idea?

Protection from Harm

Around the world, soldiers are putting their lives at risk in combat scenarios that demand protection from more lethal ammunition.1 Consider these facts:

  • Countries with troops in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) discovered that they needed better protection from roadside bombs and land mines.2
  • It is possible to design composite armor that is stronger, lighter and less voluminous than traditional armor.3
  • By taking advantage of composites in design, engineers can eliminate parts, reduce costs and greatly improve the overall performance of the armor system.4

Composite materials have proven their ability to provide a lightweight shield in the line of fire – as personal, vehicular, shipboard and facility protection. What do you want to protect?