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From: Daniel Bowers
To: Sterling D. Allan
Sent: Friday, March 06, 2009 4:03 PM
Subject: Barotex applications, benefits, etc.
Here is some information regarding Barotex.
First off, barotex is recyclable unlike fiber glass composites. In construction for example materials need to be recycled in order to prevent them from entering landfills.
Beyond the specific traits of Barotex I would like to focus on the benefits of composite materials in general.
One of the major polluters for industry is the production of construction materials, when comparing these alternatives to steel we eliminate massive amounts of petroleum coke from being burned and the emissions which would otherwise go along with it.
Advanced composites produced from renewable energy sources represent the next generation in construction and reduced costs for logistical transport. By integrating lighter, stronger, more durable materials into a structure the life of that structure is increased and maintenance costs reduced.
There are two types of load in a structure:
Live load and dead load.
The live load of a structure is the weight of anything going into the building which does not serve as the structure itself.
The dead load is the weight of the materials in the structure which the building/ structure must support.
Generally only 10% of a structures materials support the live load whereas 90% of the materials are simply to hold up the structure itself. By increasing the strength of materials and reducing their weight we reduce the overall necessity for other structural materials such as cement and the emissions which would normally go with it.
The energy neeeded for lifting a composite beam is less than that of a steel beam so in every aspect of fabrication, construction, and transport emissions are reduced exponentially.
A crane lifting a 1 ton composite beam uses less energy than a crane lifting a 10 ton steel beam as with the truck/ train that got it there. (Not to mention increased safety!! Lighter materials at 500' are easier to work with.)
The alkaline resistence and flexibility of barotex enables the material to be used in road bed surfaces. Doing so will reduce the amount of agregate by up to 20% while at the same time increasing the life of the road itself. Longer life, less agregate, increased life, etc.
Barotex represents a cost effective sustainable solution for virtually every avenue in the construction industry. It is highly abundant and can be produced domestically or sourced local to regions for end use applications.
Fabrication facilities are modular in design and do not require massive infrastructure unlike steel refineries.
Fiber reinforced cement-
Railroad ties, I-beams, sewer pipes, structural foundations, etc.
Maritime, automotive, aviation, flying cars/ jet packs
Brakes, rotors, chassis, muffler, steering column, mast, hull, sail, airplane wings, fuseloge, positive displacement pump, hydro/ pneumatic tanks and pistons,
Manned portable missile launch tubes, tanks, ballistics suppression, advanced dielectric properties (stealth capable), high thermal threshold (can replace titanium in many applications whereas carbon fiber can not).
(Just about anything any other composite can do Barotex can do it better, for less money in a sustainable manner.)
Hip replacement, knee replacement, pins, (won't set off the metal detector in the airport)
fishing rod, tennis racket, kayak, mountain bike, eco surf board
duct tape, tow rope, lamp/ utility pole, permeable membrane for construction, fire suit (tyvek replacement),
High melting point and fire resistance gives added time for people to escape structures in the event of terrorist attacks like 9/11.
Increased ductile strength in cement can withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters.
In the event of flooding the material will not hold moisture which means structures remain habitable.
Composite towers for wind and solar.
Off-shore energy, (corrosion resistance) wind towers, undersea pipes/ cable housings for electrical and fuel transport. Tidal/ wave energy platforms, blades, pumps, etc.
Chemical/ fuel storage
Double walled insulated pipes for brine solution in solar thermal systems. I.E. Solucar, parabolic trough etc.
Low Head hydro turbine assembly (everything except the wires, magnets, and lubricants) blades, bolts, etc.
Space frame structures
It would be possible to virtually construct an entire city and most everything in it from Barotex and to do so would be highly sustainable.
Big plus for bridge construction in regions where they deice roads with salt. It will not rust! For that matter if you make a car out of it you will not need all of the petroleum based protectants to prevent the material from oxidizing.
Freeze it, shoot it with a flame thrower, put it through a meat grinder and it will keep coming back for more. (in some forms the only way to cut Barotex is with a diamond coated blade or perhaps a laser).
(added safety benefit: barotex rebar weighs less which means there is less chance of workers hurting their backs, increased production, reduced workers compensation).
Most of the composite fabrication techniques/ technologies already exist although the guys at Barotex Technology Corp have proprietary fabrication methods for producing the actual fibers.
I even did research on developing on site fabrication equipment which could extract local minerals and construct habitats for lunar missions.
Launch a Barotex rocket to the moon with little nanobots and some base binders. The little nanobots would replicate into larger worker bots. These larger worker bots would then go and extract the minerals, melt it down and pull the fibers for the materials which would be used to construct the habitat. (Its not a new concept just new technology)
Why not use the material to construct the space craft for the Mars mission on the moon?
It would be cheaper to develop the technology to do so than it would be to launch hundreds of rockets into space.
It would be possible to construct space frame structure beams and then use barotex/ basalt rovings combined with other agregate to fabricate composite panels for geodesic dome type structures. The fibers could then be woven into a fabric liner which would serve as a liner to keep oxygen in and meteorites out.
If we can do it here we can do it there as long as we have the energy to do so, which is why I am a fan of aneutronic pB11 fusion. (Particularly inertial electrostatic confinement and solid state electron capture).
Combine these technologies with electromagnetic ion thrusters and Alpha Centauri here we come. (Give or take a few hundred years.)
When the guys at Barotex say it is "the fiber of tomorrow here today" they have only scratched the surface! Maybe even the surface of the moon?!
It is the space-age advanced composite material."