Huntsman Presents High Performance Materials for Fabricating Composite Parts at CAMX 2017
12 December 2017
Huntsman’s Advanced Materials and Polyurethanes divisions will highlight composite resin systems and adhesives that help manufacturers build stronger, lighter weight composite parts at CAMX 2017, 12-14 December in Orlando, Florida, US.
Both businesses will have customer parts on display, including:
Automotive ‘body-in-black’ carbon fibre structural honeycomb component produced with VITROX polyurethane resin in a spray compression forming process produced by Bright Lite Structures, UK.
Carbon fibre torque tube for Mercedes AMG-GT R produced by Advanced Composite Engineering, Germany. Featuring ARALDITE LY 8615/ARADUR 8615 composite resin system, the torque tube is 40% lighter than its aluminium counterpart, significantly improving the driving experience of the car. Thanks to its integrated composite design, the need for metallic connecting flanges has been removed, allowing for extremely low weight to be achieved, while meeting torque loading (700 Nm) and noise vibration harshness (NVH) requirements.
Assembly carrier for Porsche GT3 Cup II produced by Toho Tenax Europe. The ARALDITE resin system used allows for fast serial production of high surface quality parts in less than 5 minutes via HP-RTM. The formulation was fine-tuned for compatibility with an in-mould coating solution. The finished support for the spoiler and rear fender weighs only 1.5 kg.
BOXSTROM carbon hybrid composite wheel produced by DYMAG GROUP, UK. In addition to a glass transition temperature of more than 200°C, the ARALDITE resin system allowed the design of a wheel with a fully optimised load path to ensure the lowest weight. The 9.1 kg wheel weight is typically 25-40% lighter than equivalent aluminium wheels and offers up to 50% lower moment of inertia, all resulting in significant energy savings during driving.
Interior airplane composite panel produced by Huntsman Advanced Materials. The panel is infused with ARALDITE 35710 FST Benzoxazine Resin System, which is said to enable stronger, higher quality, lighter weight parts. Benzoxazines offer superior performance over phenolics, such as high resin modulus, good lamination and no voids during cure.
One of the most respected and successful names in motorsport is working with lightweighting and materials researchers at the AMRC to advance its processes for manufacturing recyclable composite components that extend useful lifetimes and reduce tooling costs.
The Middlesex production facility of Web Industries’ Aerospace market team has earned accreditation from Nadcap (the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) covering the facility’s composite cutting and kitting operations.
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