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Diab Releases a High Static Strength Core for Demanding Laminates

  • Thursday, 22nd April 2004
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Diab has launched Renicell, a modified polyurethane foam core consisting of a polyester and polyether matrix.

Renicell is a polycarbamate foam developed using a unique continuous pour process that provides a replacement for the traditional polyurethane foams.

The continuous pour processing utilized in the manufacturing of Renicell produces minimal density variation and low void content, according to Diab.

Sandwich composite components fabricated with Renicell are claimed to be free from biodegradable erosion, and offer improved skin-to-core adhesion. There is also the benefit of being compatible with the majority of resins and adhesives including polyester, vinyl ester, epoxy, and polyurethane.

“”Renicell is just one example of our dedication to providing high performance rot free products,” said Chris Kilbourn VP of Engineering & Technology. “This product, with its strength to weight ratio and its enhanced properties raises the bar for low cost synthetic core.”

According to Alex Gutierrez, VP of Sales and Marketing, “there is a demand from our customers for a high quality product of such nature, substituting some of the sub-standard polyurethane’s currently on the market. Renicell allows us to diversify our product portfolio to be able to cover our customer’s core material needs. Furthermore we will provide exemplary service and technical/engineering support with Renicell as we do with all other DIAB products.”

Renicell, exclusively available in the Americas, is made available in two grades: E240 is colored light green and is a 15 lb/ft3 density foam, while E320 is colored light orange and is a 20 lb/ft3 density foam. Sheet sizes are 4 feet by 8 feet and are offered in a variety of standard thicknesses. The material may be supplied in plain sheets or with special finishing for closed molded processing.

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