03 September 2004
03 September 2004
Multi-Axial, Inc. has issued details of its first two families of basic ""value-by-design"" brand advanced composite products, StructurPly and Tow Strand brands.
The StructurPly family consists of: StructurPlyI Engineered Uniaxial thermoplastic matrix resin preimpregnated, (commonly called ""prepreg"") material, StructurPlyII Engineered Multiaxial Thermoplastic Matrix Resin Prepreg, StructurPly III Engineered Uniaxial Low Binder Reinforcement Architecture (commonly called ""textile perform""), and StructurePly IV Engineered Multiaxial Low Binder Reinforcement Architecture.
StructurPly I and II are thermoplastic matrix resin prepregs that are used in the construction of primary load carrying composite structures. Unlike the typical 3 to 8 hours required by the thermoset resin materials to cure, StructurPly cures within 2 to 4 minutes at 385 F degrees and 14 psi pressure.
The StructurPly III and IV Uniaxial and Multiaxial Reinforcement Architectures are used as a precursor for the thermoset prepreg industry, the revolutionary Resin Infusion (RTM) and related processes for making complicated shapes and very large fibrous reinforced composite components and Wet Lay-Up processes that are typically used in the sporting goods and boat building industries.
The second family of ""value-by-design"" products is the TowStrand brand that consists of two basic products. They are TowStrandI Engineered Uniaxial Low Binder Selective Reinforcement and TowStrandII Engineered Uniaxial Thermoset Matrix Resin Selective Reinforcement Prepreg. These products were designed for the most economical and effective method of selective reinforcing a wide variety of structural members such as, engineered wood beams (Glulam) for building construction, sporting goods and boats to name a few.
Founded in May of 2003 and located in Huntington Beach, California, Multi-Axial has spent its first year of operation at its proof-of-concept facility performing the research and development necessary to bring its unique product line to market. Multi-Axial engineers pioneered the enabling technology and developed the machinery and manufacturing processes that created the two families of distinctive, way-of-the-future engineered non-woven binder-bonded fabrics. These products replace the outdated ""aerospace"" or conventional woven fabrics and unidirectional collimated tape products with typical thermoset matrix resins that have been in use for over forty-five years. SturcturPly products offer the advantages of being lighter, stronger, and more durable than conventional prepreg materials. They will save up to 60% of the fabrication cost for a wide variety of composite components that are utilized in every market.
Brazilian company Dilutec has developed a complete gelcoat portfolio for shipyards, for applications ranging from the manufacture of the boat mould to small repairs of the hulls and decks.
Applications for composites in the sports and leisure sector will be showcased by various exhibitors at Composites Europe in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November.
Alvant has been appointed to work on a two-year, £28 million project titled Large Landing Gear of the Future, which aims to deliver a 30% weight reduction and assist the aerospace industry’s drive to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.