Boyce Components Introduces Electrically Conductive Resin

14 August 2006

Boyce Components has launched its new K-factor resin system – a spray-on composite heating system.

The resin system combines unsaturated resins with nano-scale additives and provides manufacturers of fibreglass parts and moulds the ability to create an electrically-conductive resin layer capable of resistive heating. K-factor operates using standard AC electrical currents.

Developed through two years of private research and testing, the K-factor resin system is designed to be an affordable integration into standard laminates, either moulds or end-use products, during normal manufacturing methods using familiar techniques within the industry.

K-factor’s aim is to give composite builders the ability to inexpensively incorporate heat within their molds or products by using simple application and easy to understand methods. By curing within the laminate as a resistive layer, K-factor generates heat when electricity is applied by the well proven Joule effect.

The material features carbon nanofibres produced by Pyrograf Products (PPI)

“The K-factor resin system is an efficient way to leverage the multi-functional benefits of our Pyrograf-III carbon nanofibres,” said Max Lake, president of PPI. “The resin system enables composite designers to place concentrations of carbon nanofibres in the specific zones within the composite where the functions are needed. Electrical conductivity can be imparted to thin layers for de-icing, seat warmers, anti-static flooring or tabletops and many others. The K-factor process also shows exceptional performance with low loadings of carbon Nanofibre.”

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