Helicoid Industries Fiber Architecture Technology has Three New Applications

By: Sharjeel Sohaib

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Nov 22, 2022

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Key Points

  • Helicoid technology is a biomimetic composite solution that improves impact and toughness performance. Compared to traditional composite laminates, the HelicoidTM architecture significantly improves impact robustness, decreases weight, and saves material costs.
  • At this year’s CAMX, Helicoid Industries Inc. (Indio, California, U.S.) successfully presented three application cases showcasing its Helicoid technology. 

The Helicoid Technology: Producing Better and Advanced Composites.

The Helicoid’s bio-inspired method achieves excellent cost efficiency and sustainability while enabling the increased performance of advanced composites, resulting in lighter constructions. 

The business asserts that the deployment of Helicoid may be accomplished without altering the production process or the raw ingredients (fiber and resin).

First Application Case 

The first use case involved a partnership between Helicoid Industries Inc., TPI Composites Inc. (Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.), and Saertex GmbH (Saerbeck, Germany). This collaboration aimed to enhance the mechanical performance of underbody protection plates for electric vehicles (E.V.) battery packs. 

For the transportation sector to become more sustainable, natural fiber composite materials are essential. Natural fiber composite products can be widely used in high-performance applications and load-bearing structures thanks to biomimicry.

We also reported on why 2021 was named the Year of Transportation Innovations. 

2021: The Year of Innovations in the Transportation Sector:

In the Inland Empire in Southern California, transportation is crucial. The William and Barbara Leonard Transportation Center is the region’s advocate for an integrated and sustainable transportation system. 

Read Here: A Year of Transportation Innovations in the Inland Empire for Mobility Entrepreneurs

Second Application Case:

With fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites, the second use case showed how Helicoid fiber design significantly improves performance. According to Helicoid Industries, these materials have comparable strength and stiffness to thermoset composites. 

Still, they offer better energy absorption, fatigue resistance, and recyclable properties. Furthermore, they process more quickly. Due to these features, the Helicoid technology is perfect for mass manufacturing.

Third Application Use:

The last use case demonstrates how well natural fiber composites may be employed. As a result of the partnership with the National University of Singapore (NSU), Helicoid Industries has shown that this technology can be effectively adapted to improve the impact performance of various natural fiber composites and their hybrids.

Helicoid Industries Wins NREL CleanTech Award in 2022.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the U.S. Department of Energy honored five top cleantech businesses during the 2022 NREL Industry Growth Forum (IGF) on April 13–14, 2022. One of the five recipients was the California company Helicoid Industries in Indio (Riverside County).

Read Here: Indio-based Startup Helicoid Industries Wins NREL CleanTech Award

SCEIN: A Program Supporting CleanTech Startups in Southern California

The Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN) is a free program helping startups develop solutions to help California meet its energy goals. 

Read Here: U.C. Riverside gets a grant of $450K from SCEIN.

ReJoule: Another CleanTech Startup in SoCal

ReJoule is a SoCal CleanTech startup. It works towards solutions that power the transition to a 100% clean energy economy for all. The company maximizes the value of batteries while maintaining 100% clean energy. ReJoule’s batteries provide electricity to automobiles and houses, paving the way for a cleaner energy future. 

Read Here: ReJoule featured in the 2021 New Energy Nexus USA Impact Report.

Concluding the News

Helicoid Industries, based in Indio, has released three examples of their technology. The bio-inspired technique used by Helicoid delivers outstanding cost-effectiveness and sustainability. 

These characteristics make the Helicoid technique ideal for mass production. The impact performance of many natural fiber composites and their hybrids may be successfully improved using the Helicoid technology.

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