Cheaper, faster carbon fibre process verified

A new carbon fibre manufacturing process has been independently technically audited.

Bureau Veritas carried out the audit of LeMond Carbon which was conducted at Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus facility in Geelong.

Le Mond is developing a carbon fibre manufacturing process which hopes to reduce costs and increase output, when compared to current carbon fibre technology.

For the verification process, Bureau Veritas measured oxidation times over two separate production campaigns. The samples achieved fibre tow properties in excess of 270 GPa tensile modulus, and 3,500 MPa tensile strength. These measurements demonstrate the strength of the new materials.

LeMond utilises Carbon Nexus’s 100 metric ton pilot line. Deakin University has collaborated with LeMond to produce samples of the material for commercialisation.

According to Deakin University, savings of 75 per cent in capital expenditure and 70 per cent in energy consumption per kilo of output. The technology uses advances in rapid oxidation, to reduce the embodied energy in the product. The verification procedure highlighted the innovative nature of the product, said Greg LeMond, founder of LeMond Carbon.

“This is a significant milestone for our company. Having our technology independently verified by BV validates the revolutionary nature of our technology,” he said.

“My team and I are excited to bring our high-performance low-cost carbon fibre to the global market, and look forward to expanding into new markets where the current high cost of carbon fibre has been a significant barrier to adoption.”

LeMond aims to raise capital to construct a production site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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