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Posted: May 12, 2009
Revolutionary New Boat Made With Carbon Nanotube Enhanced Prepreg
(Nanowerk News) Zyvex Performance Materials (ZPM), a recognized
worldwide leader in nanomaterials applications, unveiled a new boat to be built by
Strategic Composites and made entirely with ZPM’s next generation carbon nanotube
(CNT) enhanced prepreg, Arovex®. The new boat, designated 540SE (Super Efficient),
is intended as a technology demonstrator to show what future boats are capable of when
built with new nano-enhanced materials like Arovex®.
By building the boat with Arovex®, the 54-foot boat will weigh less than 8,000 pounds,
fully equipped. This is approximately 75% less than fiberglass boats its size, and 33%
less than conventional carbon fiber boats. The drastic weight reduction allows the new
boat to require 75% less horsepower, considerably reduced emissions, and extended
Because of its extreme lightweight, the boat is very efficient, and offers unheard of fuel
economy at low to medium cruising speeds. Boat construction began at Pacific
Washington based Strategic Composites late last month.
“We are very proud to be unveiling this new boat. By re-imagining and designing boats
to take full advantage of our materials, a new generation of boats can be built that are
remarkably lighter, consume far less fuel, and cut carbon emissions.” says Lance
Criscuolo, President of Zyvex Performance Materials. “By greatly reducing the weight of
the boat, performance is increased and emissions are cut by more than two-thirds. This
will create a new breed of boats that have expanded capabilities, range, and are
“This new nano-enhanced material will allow us to create the boats of the future,”
commented Strategic Composites President Ron Jones Jr. “By being able to greatly
decrease the weight of the structure, the engine and fuel requirements are reduced as
well. This boat will be able to do things that other boats can’t. It could be carried and
airdropped by cargo aircraft, for rescue, deployment, or intercept missions”. Jones went
on to elaborate, “The use of these new nano-enhanced materials is what will allow a new
generation of ultra efficient green boats to be built. Cities, security forces, and
governments that are looking for a flexible platform with super efficiency have an answer
The boat is powered by a pair of small diesel engines, typically found on boats under 40
feet in length. These smaller engines will still be able to propel the hull to top speeds of
over 50 mph. Offshore capable, and with a range of over 1,000 miles, the boat will also
feature a “glass cockpit” similar to ones found in modern aircraft. Larger engines are
optional for higher speed applications.
While designed with defense and security missions in mind, the technology
demonstrator will be a conventional civilian/recreational boat. A recreational version
using the same hull and materials is also planned and should be available in early 2010
through Synergy Yachts. The announced launch date for the prototype is in November of
Zyvex Performance Materials has created a website at www.zyvexpro.com/540SE/
with downloadable pictures and progress updates.
Arovex® is a high performance prepreg using CNT enhanced resin. The resin, optimized
for use in a prepreg, offers dramatically superior mechanical properties over
conventional prepregs without CNTs. Arovex® is available in standard, intermediate, and
high modulus carbon fibers, glass, and as a unidirectional, woven, or knitted material.
Large custom material orders for Arovex® are also available. Arovex® processes and
handles just like conventional prepregs.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, Zyvex Performance Materials Inc. was spun out of Zyvex
Corporation in April 2007. ZPM is focused on developing nanotechnology to improve the
properties of composite materials. The company’s patented technology allows
composites to take advantage of the superior physical and chemical properties of carbon
nanotubes by enabling the even dispersion of carbon nanotubes in composites mixtures.
ZPM was the first company to provide carbon nanotube enhanced products to the