22 November 2016
22 November 2016
Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will be launching its new, updated Tecnofire range of fire protection materials at Composites Europe in Dusseldorf, Germany.
According to TFP. these innovative nonwovens provide fire protection to a wide variety of structures, ranging from composites to infrastructure, bridges and aircraft. It describes Tecnofire as a range of versatile lightweight intumescent fire protection materials claiming the materials work by expanding from 4 to 35 times their original thickness when exposed to heat. The stable char produced protects the underlying structure from heat energy or fills a gap to prevent fire spread. The popular range is used extensively in a broad range of applications and has been specified for use in bridges, fire doors, buses, trains, trams and structural panels (to name but a few) following successful fire testing. Specially developed resin infusible grades are also incorporated at the surface of composites to provide fire protection where it is required, without compromising structural integrity.
TFP says that the Tecnofire range has recently been updated with new, easier to interpret product names. The existing 6 digit codes have been replaced with new nomenclature which provides information about the individual product’s performance, composition and properties. The primary aim is to make things easier for Tecnofire users, ensuring the key performance attributes of the materials can be clearly identified.
As well as the naming changes, there are several new developments in the Tecnofire range of materials. The first being an electrically activated version containing conductive fibres, where expansion can be initiated on demand, without heat! This makes the material ideal for use in a remotely activated fire system and has the additional benefit of enabling the material to act as a viable EMI shield. Other recent introductions include lighter, thinner Tecnofire materials specially designed for Aerospace applications.
TFP says that these grades can be incorporated into aerospace composites to improve the fire smoke toxicity (FST) with a minimum weight addition. Tecnofire, like many of TFP’s nonwovens, can be developed or adapted to suit specific performance or processing requirements. To find out more about the products, new developments or updated nomenclature visit the TFP stand at Composites Europe; stand D02 in hall 8B, from 29 November – 1 December 2016.
Photo provided by Technical Fibre Products
The Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO) is organising the event Pultrusion – Innovations, Solutions and Trends at the Petrobras Research Center (CENPES) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 23 August.
Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) will install a sheet moulding compound (SMC) production line at its facility in Pouance, France, to support the need for its composite formulations in Europe.
Solvay has celebrated the groundbreaking of its Greenville, Texas, US, manufacturing footprint expansion that increases the site’s resin mixing capacity to meet the growing needs of commercial and military aerospace composite customers.