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Huntsman has contributed to project that showcases the possibilities of building a concept electric car – the U-Box – using environmentally sustainable components.
The car will have its first showing in France at JEC Paris in March.
The U-Box incorporates differentiated materials including renewable flax and basalt fibres for reinforcing composite parts in combination with new toughened resins, as well as halogen free, fire resistant resin. Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) have also been integrated in the composite structure of the U-Box. In addition to this, Huntsman supported by the UK company NRG Wheels Ltd, equipped the vehicle with composite wheels and provided composite bonders offering high strength, flexibility and temperature resistance.
On Stand G65 at JEC Paris, Araldite MY 0816, a naphthalene diepoxy announced at JEC 2009 will be complemented by additional new building blocks such as a fluorene diepoxy resin, and a diaminodiphenyl sulfone based hardener. The company is also adding to its range of Araldite benzoxazine thermoset resins with recently developed liquid, solvent free products. Targeting aerospace interior applications, a new low viscosity RTM/infusion system was developed with good FST (fire, smoke and toxicity) properties.
For the production of wind blades and other large composite parts, Huntsman has developed two new resin systems. The first of these resins provides very low viscosity while the second, Araldite LY 1568 / Aradur 3489, is designed to give low exotherm during curing. For this market, Huntsman has also introduced a new tough and crack resistant adhesive system, Araldite AW 4856 / Hardener HW 4856.
Huntsman will also be introducing new formulated systems for high performance epoxy pre-preg and infusion systems for structural and tooling applications.
Other products on show will include RenPaste 4688, a seamless modelling paste for quick pre-preg tool build up on high output automated equipment.
The polyurethanes division of Huntsman will introduce VITROX composite resin – a new resin range that can be used in fast cycle, resin transfer molding (RTM) for high volume, automotive and mass transportation parts production.
Completing the line up at this years JEC show is a complete range of adhesives based on Epoxy, Methacrylate, Polyurethane as well as MS polymer based chemistries containing an EP based paste adhesive for bonding structural aerospace composites.
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