DURAGRID HD-4000 grating panels are used at the Utah State University Electric Vehicle and Roadway (EVR) research facility.
DURAGRID HD-4000 grating panels are used at the Utah State University Electric Vehicle and Roadway (EVR) research facility.

US-based Strongwell Corporation has been awarded the American Composites Manufacturers Association's (ACMA) prestigious ACE Award in the Infinite Possibility for Market Growth Category during the second annual Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) conference. This award is presented to a composites product that ‘demonstrates the potential to significantly increase the use of composites in existing markets or generate the greatest impact to open new and emerging markets for composites’.

This year's entry by Strongwell featured its DURAGRID HD-4000 grating panels which are used at the Utah State University Electric Vehicle and Roadway (EVR) research facility. The EVR serves as the vehicle systems integration facility for the Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation (SELECT). The magnetic transfer plates are housed beneath the grating which charge electric vehicles in motion.

Utah State selected DURAGRID HD-4000 for its support for vehicle loadings while still protecting the magnetic transfer charging plates on the electrified quarter mile test track. Strongwell's grating panels are reportedly lightweight, high strength, nonconductive and electromagnetic interference-free.

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