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New Single End Direct Roving Optimised for Acrylic Resins from 3B Enables PMMA Thermoplastic Composites

19 March 2013

At JEC Europe, last week, 3B-the fibreglass company introduced a new E-CR glass roving (SE4740) specifically designed and formulated for acrylic resins allowing for the manufacture and production of glass reinforced PMMA thermoplastic composites.

Eric Debondue, 3B Business Development Leader, explained, “The sizing for the new glass roving was developed in close collaboration with France-based partners Arkema and Chomarat. The resulting SE4740 roving provides excellent processability in both weaving and knitting procedures and outstanding compatibility with Arkema’s Altuglas acrylic resin system leading to excellent mechanical properties making it the recognised PMMA compatible roving available globally”

According to 3B, the new combination of its optimised SE4740 glass reinforcement and TP resin system is fully compatible with existing equipment and manufacturing processes such as thermoplasticresin transfer moulding (T-RTM) and vacuum assisted resin infusion (VARI) with parts displaying mechanical properties similar to traditional thermoset composites.

Eric Debondue concludes, “Thermoplastic composites are well positioned against traditional materials in weight sensitive end-use applications in industries such as automotive, mass transit, aerospace and wind. The post-thermoformable nature and their consequent high recyclability make thermoplastic composites a cost efficient and an ideal solution for alternate sustainable and durable solutions.”

3B together with Arkema, MVC Plasticos, Chomarat and PPE have been presented the JEC Innovation Award in the Thermoplastics Category for an innovative transportation concept using a revolutionary thermoplastic composite resin solution.





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