29 May 2018
29 May 2018
SHD Composite Materials is introducing PS200, a bio-based resin designed to solve the problem of the fire risk that lithium ion batteries pose.
Primarily developed for the manufacture of electric vehicle battery boxes, the product is available on a number of reinforcements and capable of autoclave, oven or press cure from 120°C, allowing flexible production processes. With a high service temperature and non-flammable properties meeting UL94 V0 specifications, PS200 can be used to contain fires and act as a flame and heat shield.
PS200 has been manufactured to be almost 100% bio-based from a waste by-product of the food industry and is REACH compliant.
“PS200 is a bio-based resin system that is derived from a food waste product," explains Simon Howarth – Business Development Manager. "This sustainable material yields not only technical benefits with regards to its class leading flammability and high temperature performance but has the added benefits of containing no hazardous materials providing a safer environment whilst in manufacture.”
Testing has achieved peak Tg in the region of 330-350°C and containment of 1000°C heat inside a structure manufactured from PS200. Battery failures within PS200 structures have experienced internal temperatures exceeding 1000°C whilst still retaining their profile and containing the heat sources thereby preventing migration, SHD Composites reports.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.
Lanxess’ Urethane Systems business unit (URE) is extending its collaboration with the Centre for UMass/Industry Research on Polymers (CUMIRP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, US. From October 2018 URE will additionally participate in Research Cluster M on Mechanics & Advanced Manufacturing of Polymers and Composites.
Sumitomo Chemical reports that its polyethersulfone (PES) micro-powder additive SumikaExcel 5003P boosts fracture toughness and resistance to micro-cracking for fibre reinforced epoxy composites over a broad temperature range without negatively impacting dimensional stability, flame/smoke/toxicity (FST), creep resistance, modulus, impact, or yield strength.