24 February 2015
24 February 2015
NetComposites has developed injection mouldable long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) Flax/PP and Jute/PP pellets.
The pellets, made using pultrusion technology and commingled yarns, offer a competitive alternative to glass LFT and continuous fibre composites whilst offering a number of benefits. The natural fibres offer a stiffness comparable to glass resulting in pellets which are low weight, capable of complex moulding geometries, offer good impact and creep resistance and improved performance over alternative short-fibre materials.
The pellets are ideally suited to light-weighting applications such as automotive interiors. NetComposites is currently working with an automotive trim supplier to develop an interior panel using Flax/PP pellets. The materials have a specific modulus comparable with that of glass fibres, but ~40% lighter.
Other LFT variants are in development such as novel polymer reinforced polymer (PRP) pellets with a PET reinforcement and PP matrix. These offer another lightweight and highly impact-resistant alternative to glass/PP products.
Pellets and moulded parts will be on show at JEC Europe 2014, 10th – 12 March, Paris, France.
Altair has announced the initial keynote presentations and overall agenda for its 2018 Global Altair Technology Conference, taking place at the Palais des Congrès d’Issy in Paris, France, on 16-18 October.
Applications for composites in the sports and leisure sector will be showcased by various exhibitors at Composites Europe in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November.
Advanced Engineering 2018, the UK’s annual gathering of OEMs and engineering supply chain professionals, is introducing a dedicated area for small UK engineering firms and subcontractors – the UK Contract Manufacturing Zone.