02 January 2018
02 January 2018
Michelman has become one of the 55 members of the University of Delaware’s Centre for Composite Materials (UD-CCM) Industry Consortium. The company will sponsor a research project that will help evaluate sizing options of carbon and glass fibre for their compatibility with both thermoplastic and thermoset resins.
Michelman’s position as a sizing and surface treatment expert will complement UD-CCM’s materials research and technology transfer expertise. The technical collaboration will focus on identifying the best sizing/fibre/resin combinations that will enhance properties such as heat, impact and fatigue resistance appropriate for a broad range of end-use applications in the automotive, aerospace and electronics industries.
The SMARTCOMP: Research and Development of Smart Composites Based on the Implementation of Textronic Elements and Functional Materials project aims to develop smart textile structures for use in the manufacture of composites for decoration, interior design, habitats and the creative industries in general.
Chongqing Polycomp International Corp (CPIC) has developed a family of fibreglass products with a flat rather than round cross-section that is said to facilitate higher fibre loading levels and better mechanical properties in injection moulded thermoplastic composites and reduce warpage in thin wall sections.
The £50 million McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) nearing completion near Sheffield, UK, was inaugurated on 16 January.