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Porcher Industries and its US subsidiary BGF Industries will present their latest innovations at CAMX 2018 on 15-18 October in Dallas, Texas, US, including new dry fibres for aerospace and automotive applications, the STELIA thermoplastic fuselage demonstrator, and solutions for the industrial, construction and sports and leisure sectors.
Visitors will also be able to attend a technical paper presentation by one of Porcher Industries’ thermoplastic composites specialists.
High temperature thermoplastics
Whilst showcasing a range of composite and textile solutions, Porcher Industries will present a technical paper entitled Design to Cost Concept for Thermoplastic Laminates. Pierre-Yves Gandon, Thermoplastic Composites R&D Engineer, will speak about the development of two thermoplastic semi-products suitable for the manufacturing of large structures for the aeronautical sector and other markets such as automotive and industrial. The parameters explored for impregnation, consolidation and processability will be presented, along with the influence of these parameters and innovations on the mechanical, thermal and ageing properties of laminates. The presentation will take place at 9.30 am, Thursday 18 October.
Processing materials out-of-autoclave
Porcher Industries and BGF will present a recently launched range of dry fibre products as a new way of processing materials out-of-autoclave for the aerospace and automotive sector. The carbon fibre with a wide range of binder interface is optimised for AFP-made preforms for thermoset resin infusion or injection, enabling high speed processing of complex shaped parts with outstanding buy-to-fly ratio.
STELIA thermoplastic fuselage
Displayed on the Porcher and BGF stand N37 will be the STELIA Arches Box TP. Working with five partner companies, STELIA developed this thermoplastic fuselage demonstrator to enable the first evaluation of this technology in a real industrial context. It features a Porcher Industries-developed organosheet from its PiPreg range of thermoplastic solutions as the optimal material for the frames, based on the initial specification. This project will be referenced in the Porcher Industries presentation at the conference on the final morning of the show.
Enhanced thermoplastics, hybrid reinforcements and lightweight fabrics
For automotive OEMs, Porcher offers a range of products, from woven fabrics to PiPreg thermoplastic prepreg materials and pre-consolidated cured laminates, providing solutions for demanding applications in vehicle manufacturing, such as airbags, exhaust components and body parts.
Thermoplastic composites provide an array of options for industrial applications, using an extensive range of technical textiles from dipped yarns, consolidated composites to scrims and woven fabrics. For example, in the replacement of metallic parts, thermoplastics offer superior chemical resistance without any additional surface treatment or coating. Other applications include electronic consumer goods and surgical instruments.
Glass, carbon and glass/carbon hybrids, including unidirectionals and plain weaves, are high performing reinforcements for the construction sector and are particularly suited to the strengthening and repair of concrete columns, beams and floors. Textile solutions for thermal, acoustic and solar protection will also be showcased.
Porcher Industries has also developed products for the sport and leisure industry, particularly for paragliding and kite surfing, cycling, hiking and skiing. The lightweight reinforcements offer advantages such as water resistance, high tear resistance, immersion control.
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