08 May 2018
08 May 2018
BYK reports that its Viscosity Control Technology (VCT), based on two new process additives, opens up enormous value-added potential for manufacturers of epoxy resin systems.
The Thixbooster and Thixbreaker additives influence the properties of hydrophilic fumed silica particles, and thus help reduce or adapt the initial viscosity of high-viscosity two-component adhesives, sealing and putty materials, as well as protective coatings, which are used in components of wind turbines, rapid prototyping and other applications.
BYK-P 2710 (Thixbreaker) is designed for the epoxy resin and BYK-P 2720 (Thixbooster) for the corresponding amine hardener component. BYK says that thanks to their synchronised interaction, the two additives enable the creation of the optimum application viscosity from two low-viscosity components, resulting in formulations can be applied with the same layer thicknesses, yet more quickly and more easily than current systems. VCT is claimed to reduce the production time of the formulation by roughly half, while the production volume during the same period is doubled.
BYK notes that the low viscosity of the formulation also has logistical benefits. Instead of barrels, the liquid formulations can be transported in environmentally friendly IBC containers or in tanker trucks. This reduces transportation workload and costs.
Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) announces its film infusion capabilities for 3-D woven joints. In the film infusion process, a frozen sheet or film of resin is infused onto the custom 3-D woven joint, saving customers the trouble of infusing the resin themselves upon delivery of the BRM-made joint.
For 30 years SABIC has been using composite pipes and assemblies in its Chlorine manufacturing operations. Through the collaboration with Versteden, and using high quality Atlac resins from AOC Aliancys, these reliable material solutions have enabled SABIC to run its operations in a safe and continuous way, as explained by Thana Kammeijer, Paul Peterse and Erwin Simons.
Composite products, based on polyurethane technologies from global chemical company Huntsman, are taking centre stage at a design exhibition at the Design Museum Gent, Belgium.