Cobham, a designer and producer of composite pressure vessels and hybrid integrated structures for alternative energy, life support, military and commercial aircraft, and spacecraft applications, has marked its formal entry into the natural gas vehicle (NGV) market.
The company has announced the successful qualification of two new Type 4 compressed natural gas (CNG) storage tanks. Cobham says it 278- and 436-liter tanks, 60″ and 90″ in length, respectively, are six times more resistant to permeation than required by the NGV2/FMVSS specification to offer enhanced safety and fuel preservation. Tanks can also be customized ranging from 17.4″ to 26″ in diameter, in lengths of 45″ to 135″ to meet specific market needs.
Cobham says the NGV market is a strategic fit that leverages its gas management core capability and composites technology.
“The same processes that resulted in 100 percent on-time delivery over 12 consecutive months for our aerospace customers will afford our NGV tank customers the best possible lead times for exact quantities desired,” comments Cobham’s Tim Sopko.