OceanGate, a provider of manned submersible services, has selected Toray Composite Materials America (CMA), as provider of aerospace grade prepreg carbon fiber material for use in the manufacturing of a new carbon fiber pressure vessels for use in deep-sea manned submersibles.
Toray Industries began researching carbon fiber in 1961, ten years later they began commercial production. They are supplier of carbon fiber and provider of fibers for numerous aircraft, including the Boeing 787.
Stockton Rush, OceanGate CEO, commented:
CMA has been a long-time trusted supplier to the aerospace industry and is a specialist in the development and innovation of prepreg composite materials. Their experienced team and extensive knowledge of composite materials will play a critical role as we develop the next generation of manned submersible, to usher in a new era of exploration using aerospace quality composites.
Philip Schell, CMA Vice President of Industrial Sales, said:
In order to provide the most effective solutions to build equipment for new markets, like the deep oceans of the Blue Economy, we must use high performance composite materials in equipment designs that can withstand extremely high external pressures, target depth will be 4500 meters below sea level, where the hull will withstand pressures of 6600psi. This project with OceanGate is one that not only allows us to use our materials in a new way, but to also provide technology that will help advance the understanding of our planet and the vast unexplored regions below the surface of Earth’s oceans.
Production of the new pressure vessels is scheduled to begin later this year.
Industries: Marine Transportation and Shipbuilding