The components of a 118-foot tower were fabricated using Ashland Derakane™ vinyl ester resin and pultrusion process. The choice of materials is explained by good mechanical properties and outstanding corrosion resistance.
Composite Support & Solutions (CSSI)
The use of composite materials solves the problem of corrosion protection, which is currently the major cost driver in the maintenance of communication towers. CSSI offered a set of solutions providing benefits over the conventional technologies, including a significant reduction of long-term maintenance costs while offering dramatically shortened construction times.
In January 2017 the company was awarded prestigious Tibbetts Award for their solution. Since 1996 this award has made annually to US small firms judged to exemplify the very best innovation research achievements created a significant economic or social impact for the country.
Of note, the USA is going to hold the first ever conference devoted to the pultrusion process and its practical application in the industry.
Terms: Composite materials