Great strides are being made introducing various composite materials for Industrial and Marine applications. Composites are radically changing the cost/performance curve in the development of new products.
The Design Challenge
Globe Composite Solutions was recently contacted by an international company that was developing a new generation of outboard marine engines to fulfill the emerging global demand for energy-efficient engines. Their new engine required greater cooling capacity than typical outboard engines. In addition, the manufacturer was under a tight timeline to come up with a cost-effective solution. Globe Composite is well known for designing and manufacturing composite components that can withstand adverse operating conditions. Globe’s 30+ years of experience in providing components for pump applications was particularly relevant to address this challenge.
The Composite Solution
The Globe team used a variety of advanced design and manufacturing techniques including 3-D printing technology to develop an integrated cooling system featuring an all-composite pump body, stainless steel cartridge liner and wear plate as well as a special Aramid gasket. To improve cooling efficiency even more, Globe designed a new oversized self-lubricating Run-Dry® impeller to handle this demanding application. As a result, Globe was able to successfully deliver this beta-level solution from concept to full-test capability in under 9 months. Full product launch is scheduled for early next year.