Cooperation with America’s Cup Team

19.12.2019 The recycled carbon fiber materials specialist ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd., Coseley/UK, cooperates with the British America’s Cup Team Ineos Team UK.

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ELG has already processed over 1.2 tons of Challengers waste materials and used these fibers to produce 2 cradles for race boat Britannia. Moulds for the hull regions of the team’s test boats have also been manufactured using the same technology.
Ineos Team UK’s waste comprised of pre-impregnated and cured parts from the current campaign which ELG has subsequently reprocessed into thermoset and thermoplastic compounds and non-woven mats. Britannia was officially launched October 2019 at the Ineos Team UK’s headquarters in Portsmouth/UK. The 75ft foiling monohull is the first of its size and represents an entirely new breed of race boat. A structure of this proportion requires a strong and stable cradle to support the boat in transit. ELG’s non-woven carbon fiber mats were used to produce the curved cradles the hull sits upon. Vacuum infusion was selected as the most economic method for manufacturing these parts, although ELG materials can also be used in prepreg and liquid compression molding processes. ELG’s products were also incorporated into the hull mold, which again was made using a vacuum infusion process.