At SAMPE 2018 in Long Beach, Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will exhibit its advanced nonwovens, including the Tecnofire fire protection range, nano-coated materials and coated materials and Optiveil lightweight veils which aid surface finish and composite fabrication.
The Tecnofire lightweight intumescent fire protection materials work by expanding from 4 to 35 times their original thickness when exposed to heat, protecting the underlying structure from heat energy. The range is used in a broad range of applications and has been specified for use in bridges, fire doors, buses, trains, trams and structural panels following successful fire testing. TFP offers specially developed resin infusible grades for incorporation at the surface of a composite to provide effective fire protection where it is required, without compromising structural integrity.
Also on display at the show will be a nano-functionalised nonwoven created on the company’s commercial nanocoating line in Schenectady, New York. The incorporation of nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes or nanofibres into or onto a nonwoven can provide multiple benefits including enhancement of surface conductivity, EMI shielding, thermal management and structural properties.
TFP is also exhibiting its Optiveil nonwovens which provide a surface finish solution for a variety of composite markets, with proven results in applications from the aerospace, automotive, sporting goods, marine, energy and industrial sectors. Optiveil can be used as a surfacing veil and fabrication aid – providing a means of improving resin flow in the structure. This dual function highlights the multi-functionality of TFP’s materials; Optiveil can offer additional benefits such as fracture toughness, EMI shielding, electrical conductivity, galvanic corrosion prevention, and corrosion and abrasion resistance.
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