Energy

Safer, More Efficient Composites for the Energy Industry

The inherent advantages of Alpine’s advanced composite materials are especially suited to an industry in which time is critical and repairs, when needed, can be costly. Alpine’s thermoplastic nanocomposites resist corrosion and stand up to extreme environmental conditions better than metals, so they need replacement less frequently, reducing interruptions and downtime. When Alpine’s components need to be replaced, their lighter weight and greater ease of handling speeds repairs and reduces risks for workers.

nanocomposites for logistics and transportation

Energy

Safer, More Efficient Composites for the Energy Industry

The inherent advantages of Alpine’s advanced composite materials are especially suited to an industry in which time is critical and repairs, when needed, can be costly. Alpine’s thermoplastic nanocomposites resist corrosion and stand up to extreme environmental conditions better than metals, so they need replacement less frequently, reducing interruptions and downtime. When Alpine’s components need to be replaced, their lighter weight and greater ease of handling speeds repairs and reduces risks for workers.

nanocomposites for logistics and transportation
composites for the energy industry

Alpine Advanced Materials’ HX5 offers an innovative alternative to aluminum, steel, other metals and both reinforced and non-reinforced plastics typically used in the oil, gas, and energy industries.

HX5 is particularly suitable for energy related applications in which extremely high mechanical, thermal, and chemical requirements are often required.

nanocomposites for the energy industry

Alpine Advanced Materials’ HX5 offers an innovative alternative to aluminum, steel, other metals and non-reinforced plastics typically used in the oil, gas, and energy industries.

Common energy applications include:

  • Frac plugs
  • Low dielectric enclosures
  • Gaskets
  • Electronic Enclosures

HX5™

Benefits

Analysis of HX5 usage demonstrates significant weight reduction, performance improvements, and speed-to-market advantages for a wide range of oil, gas and energy applications.

composites for oil and gas

50%

lighter than
aluminum and

80%

lighter than steel

50%

lighter than aluminum and

80%

lighter than steel

composites for oil and gas

Meets or Exceeds

Standards for impact performance, flame smoke toxicity, advanced coatings adhesion, radiation environments and fine detail processability

composites for fracs and plugs

Meets or Exceeds

Standards for impact performance, flame smoke toxicity, advanced coatings adhesion, radiation environments and fine detail processability

composites for fracs and plugs
composites in oil and gas industry

Outperforms

aluminum components with extraordinary resistance to wear, temperature and corrosion

Outperforms

aluminum components with extraordinary resistance to wear, temperature and corrosion

composites in oil and gas industry

Allows for simple

Consolidation

of parts into a wide variety of assemblies for most materials

carbon nanocomposites

Allows for simple

Consolidation

of parts into a wide variety of assemblies for most materials

carbon nanocomposites
composites in renewable energy

Significantly

Faster

to manufacture than machined aluminum. Production time is reduced from months to days

Significantly

Faster

to manufacture than machined aluminum. Production time is reduced from months to days

composites in renewable energy

Extremely

Resistant

to solvents, fuels, lubricants, and chemicals

Extremely

Resistant

to solvents, fuels, lubricants, and chemicals

nanocomposites for the aerospace industry

HX5™

AT A GLANCE

$50 + M & 8 YEARS

invested in the research and development of HX5

90%

strength of 6061 aluminum

50%

weight of 6061 aluminum

Survives

extreme environmental conditions

Meets

Oil and Gas Standards

Processes like metal, without the disadvantages

Thanks to its unique structure and physical properties, HX5 offers
incredible versatility in all types of manufacturing.

Machines like aluminum without chipping, cracking, galling or gumming

Taps and threads like metal

Can be coated, primed, painted and adhesively bonded

Can be metalized to meet EMI shielding requirements

HX5™

Unprecedented flexibility for a wide variety of uses

Drop-in material for many injection molding operations

Part assemblies can be consolidated into a single molded component

Metallic insert molding for multifunction products

Low shrinkage gives excellent dimensional stability

One formulation is compatible with numerous operations, including profile extrusion, compression molding, and thermoforming

MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

HX5 has 90% the strength AND near 50% the density of 6061 T6 aluminum

Mechanical Properties ASTM HX5 (73˚F) 6061 T6 (73˚F)
Tensile Strength, (Ksi) D638 38.2 40
Density, (lbs./ft3) D792 89 169
Specific Strength, (lb/in2)/(lb/in3)​ 741,700 410,300

THERMAL PROPERTIES

HX5 is dimensionally stable at elevated temperatures

Thermal Properties ASTM HX5 6061 T6
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion, (L/L/°F) E 831 2.11 X 10-6 13.1 X 10-6

ENVIRONMENTAL STABILITY

HX5 is engineered to survive

  • Meets rigorous DoD guidelines for flame, smoke, and toxicity

  • Extremely resistant to solvents, fuels, lubricants, and chemicals

  • Satisfies NASA spacecraft limits on outgassing and radiation resistance stability (doesn’t degrade in space)

  • High temperature capable

  • Passed accelerated lifetime thermal cycling and high-temperature thermal stability

  • Galvanic corrosion resistant

MANUFACTURABILITY

Engineered to be versatile

  • Drop-in material for many injection molding operations

  • Low shrinkage and excellent dimensional stability (0.5% vs. 2.0%)

  • Enables part consolidation into a single molded component

  • Compatible with metallic insert molding operations for multifunction products

  • One material formulation compatible with many manufacturing operations:

    • Injection molding
    • Profile extrusion
    • Compression molding
    • Thermoforming

SECONDARY OPERATIONS

HX5 is engineered to process like a metal

  • Machines like aluminum without chipping, cracking, galling or gumming

  • Taps and threads like metal

  • Unlike most solvent resistant materials, can be coated, primed, painted and adhesively bonded

  • Can be metallized to meet EMI shielding requirements

MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

HX5 has 90% the strength AND 50% the weight of 6061 T6 aluminum

Mechanical Properties ASTM HX5 (73˚F) 6061 T6 (73˚F)
Tensile Strength, (Ksi) D638 38.2 40
Density, (lbs./ft3) D792 89 169
Specific Strength, (in) 741,700 410,300

THERMAL PROPERTIES

HX5 is dimensionally stable at elevated temperatures

Thermal Properties ASTM HX5 6061 T6
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion, (L/L/°F) E 831 2.11 X 10-6 13.1 X 10-6

ENVIRONMENTAL STABILITY

HX5 is engineered to survive

  • Meets rigorous DoD guidelines for flame, smoke, and toxicity

  • Extremely resistant to solvents, fuels, lubricants, and chemicals

  • Satisfies NASA spacecraft limits on outgassing and radiation resistance stability (doesn’t degrade in space)

  • High temperature capable

  • Passed accelerated lifetime thermal cycling and high-temperature thermal stability

  • Galvanic corrosion resistant

MANUFACTURABILITY

Engineered to be versatile

  • Drop-in material for many injection molding operations

  • Low shrinkage and excellent dimensional stability (0.5% vs. 2.0%)

  • Enables part consolidation into a single molded component

  • Compatible with metallic insert molding operations for multifunction products

  • One material formulation compatible with many manufacturing operations:

    • Injection molding
    • Profile extrusion
    • Compression molding
    • Thermoforming

SECONDARY OPERATIONS

HX5 is engineered to process like a metal

  • Machines like aluminum without chipping, cracking, galling or gumming

  • Taps and threads like metal

  • Unlike most solvent resistant materials, can be coated, primed, painted and adhesively bonded

  • Can be metallized to meet EMI shielding requirements

HX5: Case Studies

Missile Bracket

  • Significant product cycle time reduction (min/part)

  • No post-processing or chemical surface

  • Simplification of supply chain

Testimonials

I’ve been searching for new materials to advance our innovative concepts in the aerospace interiors market for some time. HX5 allows us to create cutting edge lightweight designs that are a game changer for the industry.

Adam White, Factorydesign

We are bringing revolutionary technology to the commercial sector that will significantly address the greenhouse gas concerns encountered by the aerospace industry. Our target is to reduce carbon emissions of a commercial single-aisle passenger plane by over 600,000 lbs. per year.

Joe D’Cruz, Catalyze Dallas

HX5 was designed to weigh 50% less than aerospace-grade aluminum, without loss of the strength, performance or environmental durability required in aerospace and defense applications.

Dr. Slade Gardner, Former Fellow at both Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center and Skunk Works®, and Chief Technical Advisor To Alpine Advanced Materials

It’s great to see this special innovation that was purpose-built for Lockheed military programs become available for light-weighting programs across many industries. I can see broad application potential not only in commercial aerospace and rotorcraft but also in general transportation, energy and in the broader defense market.

Rob Weiss, Recently retired President of Skunk Works® and EVP of Lockheed Martin, and member of Alpine’s Board of Advisors

HX5: Case Studies

Missile Bracket

  • Significant product cycle time reduction (min/part)

  • No post-processing or chemical surface

  • Simplification of supply chain

Testimonials

I’ve been searching for new materials to advance our innovative concepts in the aerospace interiors market for some time. HX5 allows us to create cutting edge lightweight designs that are a game changer for the industry.

Adam White, Factorydesign

We are bringing revolutionary technology to the commercial sector that will significantly address the greenhouse gas concerns encountered by the aerospace industry. Our target is to reduce carbon emissions of a commercial single-aisle passenger plane by over 600,000 lbs. per year.

Joe D’Cruz, Catalyze Dallas