04 November 2014
04 November 2014
Scott Bader is exhibiting advanced composite materials at the Composites Engineering Show 2014, taking place at the NEC from 11-12 November.
According to Scott Bader, two new carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) applications using Crestapol 1250LV high performance acrylic resin, along with new Crestabond primer-less methacrylate structural adhesive bonding applications on a super car, are being showcased during the show in the product display area.
The company explains the Spanish designed and manufactured Tauro V8 Spider super car will be featured in the exhibition showcase area. The Tauro car has carbon and glass fibre reinforced body panels and bumpers, vacuum infused using Crestapol 1250LV by Spain’s leading rally car custom body parts fabricator, Karbonius Composites. Scott Bader states Crestapol 1250LV is the specified laminate resin due to its toughness, its rapid flow and low temperature cure for fast infusion cycle times, plus its compatibility with both carbon and Aramid fibres as well as glass fibres.
Scott Bader claims pigmented Crystic gelcoats are also used on the Tauro super car’s composite body panels. Crestabond M1 structural adhesive grade is used to bond a variety of metal and composite parts on the car, including the carbon fibre Crestapol body panels. A technical paper on Crestapol 1250LV resin covering the features, benefits and success stories in Advanced Composites applications, with a focus on carbon fibre automotive body parts, is being given on the first day of the show at 11:00am in an open forum presentation.
Scott Bader states the other new application on display during the show is a new ‘ultra-light’ CFRP composite life raft canister, designed for racing yachts, along with the Ocean Safety six-man life raft it contains. Weight saving is critical for competitive racing, so even a yacht’s emergency gear uses ‘hi-spec’ carbon fibre materials. This new six man life raft canister is the very latest in composite design technology from Hi Spec Composites, based in Tyne & Wear, UK. To be as light as possible, but still tough enough in use, the two halves of the canister are vacuum infused using Crestapol 1250LV with a carbon fibre and carbon fibre/ Aramid hybrid woven fabric combination for the layup, resulting in a thin, but very rigid laminate wall thickness.
The company claims both the Crestabond ready-to-use two component primer-less methacrylate and the Crystic Crestomer urethane acrylate ranges of structural adhesives will be promoted on the Scott Bader stand. There will be particular focus this year on the new Crestabond M1-04 ‘rapid bond’ grade with its shorter fixture time of only 8-10 minutes. Crestabond M1-04 can help to significantly increase production efficiencies, especially for high volume assembly of metal, plastic and composite parts as it can bond a variety of substrates and provide reliable, long term structural adhesion. This recently developed ‘rapid bond’ grade is expected to be of particular interest to automotive OEMs and specialist tier 1 and 2 fabricators.
Scott Bader states the other advanced composite materials that will be shown at its stand during the exhibition includes additional closed mould and pultrusion Crestapol acrylic resin options (1210/ 1212/ 1214 grades), which can be glass fibre reinforced and highly ATH filled for fire, smoke and toxic fume (FST) rated composite parts in buildings, boats and vehicles, especially for railway applications; a gelcoated Crestapol 1212 FR laminate matched system with Crystic Fireguard 70PA has passed the new European rail vehicle FST standard EN 45545 to level HL2. Crystic fire resistant gelcoats and resins for moulding FRP composite parts, as well as for plug and tool making, are also being promoted. On Tuesday afternoon at 1:15pm, a second open forum technical presentation is being made by Scott Bader titled: Matched Tooling Systems for Advanced Composites Applications.
Scott Bader will be exhibiting at stand D161 at the show.
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