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3M™ CNG Tanks
Transportation's natural progression
With the costs of traditional fuel technology taking their toll on the economy and the environment, businesses and consumers are looking for alternative solutions to meet the growing demands for transportation. Recognizing compressed natural gas (CNG) for its lower price point and reduced emissions, 3M has invested in technologies to fully harness its true power and potential.
Thanks to revolutionary 3M™ Matrix Resins, our CNG Tanks offer a compressed natural gas storage solution that’s stronger, lighter and more cost effective.
Sustainability meets 3M sensibility
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 optimizes the effectiveness of CNG. 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
3M™ Matrix Resins improve the fiber delivered strength in burst testing by 6% over vessels with conventional resins.
Burst Pressure After Impact
A 30% increase in COPV burst after impact damage is enabled by 3M™ Matrix Resins.
Fatigue life cycling of vessels with 3M™ Matrix Resins is lengthened by over 50%.
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