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New Innovative Industry to Appear in Russia

Early in July the Head of Rosatom Sergey Kirienko signed program 2020 for introducing polymer composite materials based on carbon fiber at Russian nuclear enterprises. The document became the first step to create a wide range of new applications of polymer composite materials that, at the first stage, will be tested at nuclear enterprises and then will be introduced in different industries and fields.

A decision to work out such program was made late in January this year. The Head of Rosatom Sergey Kirienko told about their plans to introduce carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics in January at a meeting of the presidential committee for modernization and technical development. The idea was supported by the head of state Dmitry Medvedev. Development and adoption of the program targeted at creating an innovative industry of carbon fiber composite materials in Russia became an intermediate achievement.

The Deputy General Director of Composite Holding Evgeny Mayanov explains Rosatom’s plans, Composite Holding being among the leading participants involved in implementing the program. “It’s high time that a new industry of composite materials based on carbon fibers was created in Russia, and missing this opportunity means lagging behind the world’s leading countries in this industry for a long period of time or even forever,” – emphasized Mr. Mayanov at the beginning of his speech. “Kirienko’s program states it clearly among its objectives “developing an industry of composite materials based on carbon fiber and achieving positive experience in introducing its products in different areas of application”.

A representative of Composite told that the holding that would become the basis for development of such industries comprises the following: two plants manufacturing carbon fiber materials in Balakovo and Chelyabinsk, a plant in Saratov manufacturing polyacrylonitrile raw material and Prepreg-SKM, a company that was created jointly with Rusnano in 2009 and in the near future will be able to manufacture thousands of tons of prepregs from carbon fiber. In other words, a manufacturing chain has been created – manufacturing raw materials, processing raw materials into carbon fiber, then using it to produce carbon fabrics, then impregnating it and thus manufacturing prepregs. There is only one element to be added – manufacture of end products. The company’s plans include creating an International Training Engineering Center and Research Center of Composite Holding CJSC that will be tackling this task.

All these steps will allow increasing manufacture of carbon fibers in Russia from approximately 100 tons, manufactured in 2008, to 1,000 tons in 2012 and 5,000 tons by 2015.


System of external reinforcement

The reinforcement system based on a carbon cloth can restore and increase the carrying capacity of structures in a short time and less effort than traditional methods, as well as significantly increase the life of the structure.

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