20 May 2009
20 May 2009
High Modulus has launched the Hi-Panel, a lightweight, pre-fabricated composite panel, designed for a range of applications including boats, bridges, roofing, flooring, holding tanks, and flatbeds.
Standard Hi-Panels are made of an infused E-glass/polyester/foam core sandwich laminate, and come in two different foam densities and a range of thicknesses. Custom panels are also available using polyester, vinyl ester, or epoxy resins, PVC, balsa, PET or Nidaplast cores, and various fabric options.
Hi-Panels can be supplied as a B3 SmartPac – High Modulus converts the 2D or 3D component design into cut-files, then cuts the panels on CNC machines to the exact shapes required for the build, which are supplied to customers with a comprehensive construction manual and an integral quality assurance process.
Infusion has been chosen as the standard manufacturing method as it has been proven to offer a more consistent fibre wet-out compared with hand lay-up methods, leading to superior performance. A sandwich panel is typically suitable for applications where weight is important as it maintains excellent stiffness and strength properties at a significantly lower weight than a solid laminate alternative.
Toho Tenax is introducing a high-tensile, highly shock-resistant prepreg that incorporates carbon fibre developed for aerospace applications and carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Hexcel is promoting its range of composite materials for skis, snowboards and other high performance winter sports equipment at ISPO Munich 2018 on 28-31 January.