Omni Tanker, Lockheed Martin and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have joined forces to develop and commercialise world-first composite tank technologies, with support of a grant from the Federal Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC).
Sharing the news on Wednesday, the group said it hopes to utilise two revolutionary home-grown technologies to solve the challenges of using composites for the transportation and storage of liquid hydrogen with applications on ground, in the air, underwater and in space.
It is believed that by combining nano-engineering technology developed by UNSW, in partnership with Lockheed Martin and Omni Tanker’s OmniBIND™ technology, the collaboration will see development of two new operational scale propellant tanks for storing cryogenic liquid fuels for commercial and civil satellite programmes.
Such tankers will be a Type IV fluoropolymer-lined carbon fibre composite tank and a Type V lineless carbon fibre composite tank, both of which are suitable for high pressures and the extreme cryogenic temperatures required for liquid hydrogen and oxygen.
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