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TFP Exhibit Innovative Nonwoven Developments at CAMX

20 September 2016

TFP Exhibit Innovative Nonwoven Developments at CAMX

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will be exhibiting several innovative nonwoven developments at CAMX from 27-29 September 2016 in Anaheim, California, US.

According to TFP, the first of these is a nano-functionalised nonwoven, which has been created on TFP’s commercial nanocoating line in Schenectady, New York, US. The incorporation of nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes or nanofibres into or onto a nonwoven can provide multiple benefits including enhancement of surface conductivity, EMI shielding, thermal management and structural properties. Nanocoating is a new capability for TFP and the team at the show will be delighted to discuss this exciting new technology.

TFP says that it will also be exhibiting its novel Tecnofire nonwovens, which provide composites with built-in fire protection. Fabricated from high temperature resistant fibres, TFP explains that these resin-infusible materials are incorporated at the surface of a composite, imparting fire protection where it is needed. Activated by high temperatures, Tecnofire is said to expand and protect the underlying structure from fire. The advantage to these innovative nonwovens is an improvement in the fire smoke toxicity (FST) of the composite, without the structural compromises or time consuming application associated with alternative technologies. A new development in this range is a Tecnofire grade which can be activated on demand, without heat. The intumescent mat has been designed for use in a remotely activated fire protection system and, due to the presence of the conductive fibres, has the added benefit of acting as an EMI shield.

Another recent development on display will be TFP’s extended range of high performance veils made from thermoplastic fibres; including polyphenylene sulphide (PPS), polyether imide (PEI), Polyether ether ketone (PEEK), polyamide and polyimide. These very lightweight materials are designed for use in carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) as enhancing interleaves. It has been demonstrated that they can significantly improve mode-I and mode-II fracture toughness, by up to 160% and 430% respectively, whilst adding minimal weight to the final composite part.

TFP adds that visitors to the show can also find out more about its many solutions for composites that its novel multifunctional nonwoven materials provide. These include delivering a high quality surface finish, imparting functionality such as EMI shielding, conductivity and abrasion resistance, as well as providing an effective adhesive carrier, resin flow medium or galvanic corrosion barrier.

TFP will be exhibiting at Booth L39.

 


Photo provided by Technical Fibre Products




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