R2D2 water pipes: The ‘real deal’
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a meeting of the R2-D2 project team at Adelaide’s Royal Botanic Gardens, where the team was discussing how to make water pipes that are lighter, stronger and more durable.
The pipe is about 2.5 metres in diameter and weighs about 1,000 kilograms.
In the first stage of the project, it will be fabricated using a technique called micro-surfacing.
This is a technique that involves using tiny metal chips to cut the metal, which allows them to be shaped in three dimensions and then placed in the pipe, with a depth of about 1 centimetre.
It’s the same technique that the team at R2 Industries uses in the manufacturing of their products.
This is why the company is using a similar method to make the new R2 water pipeline, which will be much more robust.
The project team is currently looking for two additional manufacturers to manufacture the new pipe, so that they can be made in Australia and the world’s second-largest producer of water pipe products.
“It’s an industry that’s been struggling for a number of years, and it’s really about finding a solution that works for us,” says R2 Director of Product Innovation, Ben Fauci.
R2’s water pipes are made from a proprietary composite material that’s designed to last for centuries.
The new R3-Pipe is a composite of a mix of polycarbonate and glass that’s a blend of carbon nanotubes and glass.
The R3 composite, made of two types of nanotube composite, has the ability to withstand temperatures as high as 2,600 degrees Celsius.
The glass has a thickness of about 20 millimetres, which means it can withstand a 500-kilometre trip between Adelaide and Newcastle, for example.
It also has an ultra-thin structure that can withstand temperatures up to 20,000 degrees Celsius and has an optical properties that allows the water to flow at speeds of up to 10 metres per second.
R3 pipes can also be used to deliver water to remote communities in Australia.
“The R3 pipe is a very flexible material, so it can be used for many applications that are not possible to make in a conventional pipe,” Fauce says.
At Adelaide’s R2 plants, the new water pipe is being made by the company’s own team, which uses the same process to make pipes for other major water companies around the world.
In the first phase of the first R3 water pipeline in South Australia, which was built using R3 materials, the team is working with R3 Australia to ensure that it’s produced using R2’s new pipe.
The pipes are expected to be ready for the public in 2019.
The R2 pipeline is also used in other countries, where R2 pipes are used to supply water to areas where pipelining is impractical, such as water in urban areas.
But R2 has faced resistance in the US, where some of the most prominent companies are looking to move away from its technology.
The company is currently developing a new R1-Pipeline, which could be ready in 2020.
However, the R1 pipeline is only about 25 kilometres long and only requires about 10 kilowatt hours of electricity to operate.
That’s far less than the 10 kilonewatt hour that the R3 pipeline needs to operate, which is used to provide the power to the rest of the network.
Meanwhile, R2 is also looking to export its R2 materials to other countries in Asia and the Middle East.
R2 wants to export the R0 pipe to China and the R5 pipe to Pakistan.
When R2 first announced the R4 pipe, the company was also trying to find a way to export it to Australia.
But the company says the R10 pipe is already being produced in China.
Last year, R3 was awarded a $1.5 billion government investment in the R6 project, which would see R2 and R3 develop new water pipes in Queensland.