Transportation
Applications

Innovative Composites with Infinite Possibilities for Transportation

Increasingly, today’s transportation and logistics industries are demanding materials that are lightweight, readily available, and highly reliable. Alpine offers pioneering solutions for any transportation application where extreme lightweighting and on-demand production is crucial, delivering custom-engineered parts and components to meet any challenge. From cargo to high-performance vehicles, Alpine’s thermoplastic nanocomposites exceed the most rigorous demands.

nanocomposites for logistics and transportation

Transportation
Applications

Innovative Composites with Infinite Possibilities for Transportation and High-Performance Automotive

Increasingly, today’s transportation and logistics industries are demanding materials that are lightweight, readily available, and highly reliable. Alpine offers pioneering solutions for any transportation application where extreme lightweighting and on-demand production is crucial, delivering custom-engineered parts and components to meet any challenge. From cargo to high-performance vehicles, Alpine’s thermoplastic nanocomposites exceed the most rigorous demands.

nanocomposites for logistics and transportation
lightweight composites for high performance automotive

A vast improvement over aluminum and steel

Alpine’s HX5 is lighter, more robust and more adaptable for manufacturing than metal.

lightweight composites for high performance automotive

A vast improvement over aluminum and steel

Alpine’s HX5 is lighter, more robust and more adaptable for manufacturing than metal.

HX5™

Benefits

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

Proven in the most

Rigorous

mechanical, physical and environmental tests

50%

lighter than
aluminum and

80%

lighter than steel

lightweight composites for logistic

50%

lighter than aluminum and

80%

lighter than steel

lightweight composites for logistic

Proven in the most

Rigorous

mechanical, physical and environmental tests

lightweight composites for high performance

Outperforms

aluminum components with extraordinary resistance to wear, temperature and corrosion

lightweight composites for high performance

Outperforms

aluminum components with extraordinary resistance to wear, temperature and corrosion

Production

time is reduced from
months to days

lightweight nanocomposite materials
lightweight nanocomposite materials

Production

time is reduced from
months to days

lightweight shipping containers

Significantly

Faster

to manufacture than machined aluminum

lightweight shipping containers

Significantly

Faster

to manufacture than machined aluminum

nanocomposites for the aerospace industry

HX5™

Unprecedented flexibility for a wide variety of uses

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

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

Processes like metal, without the disadvantages

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

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