20 March 2012
20 March 2012
At JEC Europe Huntsman will focus on the growing importance of high performance chemistries as enablers for new, cost-competitive manufacturing techniques and the further penetration of composites across a number of industry sectors.
Huntsman says they will highlight resin systems particularly suitable for out-of-autoclave processes such as high pressure resin transfer moulding (HP-RTM) or compression moulding. They explain that while aerospace-derived prepreg materials for autoclave cure have traditionally been used within the racing and high-value automotive sectors, out-of-autoclave processes are increasingly providing unparalleled efficiencies in terms of cost, production rates, quality and performance.
According to Huntsman, they offer a comprehensive range of Germanischer Lloyd (GL) approved Araldite epoxy resin systems which meet stringent processing and performance requirements for wind blades manufacturing. They say their resin systems have been adapted for a range of processes, including wet lay-up, infusion and prepreg systems.
Huntsman will also have on display the high strength composite bonder Araldite AW 4858 / Hardener 4858 and the highly temperature resistant Araldite AW 4859 / Hardener HW 4859. These epoxy based adhesives are available in cartridges and display lap shear strengths exceeding 35Mpa on composite parts.
Huntsman will be demonstration these technologies at booth G65 at JEC Europe next week.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.