28 August 2018
28 August 2018
Technical Fibre Products will showcase its Optiveil nonwovens at China Composites Expo in Shanghai on 5-7 September.
Optiveil nonwovens provide an effective surface finish solution for composites, with proven results in applications in the aerospace, automotive, sporting goods, marine, energy and industrial sectors. The majority of uses for Optiveil are proprietary, but at China Composites Expo this year TFP is able to exhibit some new examples of the veil in action. These parts include a composite bicycle frame, which demonstrates how Optiveil provides both a superior surface finish and a means of improving resin flow in the structure. This dual function is characteristic of TFP’s nonwovens which can offer a range of benefits simultaneously, including fracture toughness, EMI shielding, electrical conductivity, galvanic corrosion prevention, and corrosion and abrasion resistance.
As a surfacing veil Optiveil produces a high quality resin-rich surface finish with microcrack suppression and minimum microporosity. It is available in range of fibre types to enable both a variety of aesthetic finishes and CTE matching, and boasts an even fibre distribution to ensure uniform resin uptake. In addition, the porous structure of the veil provides the benefit of enhanced resin flow, aiding resin distribution in the part without the need for additional flow media. Ultimately, this can eliminate the need for additional flow media and help to optimise composite production times.
The TFP team and its exclusive agent in China, BluDot Asia, will exhibit on Stand 423, Hall 1, at China Composites Expo.
Photo provided by TFP
Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.
Composites are considered hard to join and researchers have predominantly focused on mechanical joining technologies including crimping, gluing, riveting or screwing. The Composites Europe exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November will show the advantages and drawbacks of each of these processes.
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University are commencing a study into the use of thermoplastic tapes in injection moulded parts. Companies interested in joining the study are invited to a kick-off event during Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 18 October.