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3M™ CNG Tanks

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Transportation's natural progression

Compressed natural gas not only burns cleaner than diesel but it is also up to 50% cheaper per gallon equivalent at the pump. Pairing this greener, cheaper fuel with 3M’s technology will help maximize the benefits of your natural gas vehicle. Thanks to revolutionary 3M™ Matrix Resins, our CNG Tanks offer a compressed natural gas storage solution that’s stronger, lighter and more cost effective. Through improving fiber load sharing in the composite overwrap, the proprietary 3M™Matrix Resins transform critical burst and fatigue-life performance of CNG Tanks, which enables 3M to design tanks with greater capacity and lighter weight. 3M’s Type IV carbon fiber tanks offer up to 10% more capacity at up to 30% lower weight than conventional Type IV tanks of similar geometries. The result: 3M CNG Tanks deliver improved fuel economy and greater payload capacity for longer trips between refueling.

Burst Pressure - Fiber Delivered Strength

Burst Pressure - Fiber Delivered Strength

3M™ Matrix Resins improve the fiber delivered strength in burst testing by 6% over vessels with conventional resins.

Burst Pressure After Impact

Burst Pressure - after impact

A 30% increase in COPV burst after impact damage is enabled by 3M™ Matrix Resins.

Fatigue Life

fatigue life

Fatigue life cycling of vessels with 3M™ Matrix Resins is lengthened by over 50%.

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