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TFP Exhibit Innovative Nonwoven Developments at CAMX

Tecnofire from TFP

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will be exhibiting several of its nonwoven developments on stand L39 at CAMX. The first of these is a nano-functionalized nonwoven, which has been created on TFP’s commercial nanocoating line in Schenectady NY. The company says 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. Nanocoating is a new capability for TFP and the team at the show would be delighted to discuss this exciting new technology with you.

TFP will also be exhibiting their novel Tecnofire nonwovens on booth L39, which provide composites with built in fire protection. Fabricated from high temperature resistant fibres these resin-infusible materials are incorporated at the surface of a composite, imparting fire protection where it is needed. Activated by high temperatures Tecnofire expands and protects the underlying structure from fire. The advantage to these innovative nonwovens is an improvement in the fire smoke toxicity (FST) of the composite, without the structural compromises or time consuming application associated with alternative technologies. A new development in this range is a Tecnofire grade which can be activated on demand, without heat. The intumescent mat has been designed for use in a remotely activated fire protection system and, due to the presence of the conductive fibres, has the added benefit of acting as an EMI shield.

Another recent development on display will be TFP’s extended range of high performance veils made from thermoplastic fibres; including polyphenylene sulphide (PPS), polyether imide (PEI), Polyether ether ketone (PEEK), polyamide and polyimide. These very lightweight materials are designed for use in carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) as enhancing interleaves. It has been demonstrated that they can significantly improve mode-I and mode-II fracture toughness, by up to 160% and 430% respectively, whilst adding minimum weight to the final composite part.

Visitors to the show can also find out more about the many solutions for composites that TFP's novel multifunctional nonwoven materials provide. These include delivering a high quality surface finish, imparting functionality such as EMI shielding, conductivity and abrasion resistance, as well as providing an effective adhesive carrier, resin flow medium or galvanic corrosion barrier. Visit booth L39 at CAMX from 27-29 September to find out more about our materials and new nanotechnology capability, and discover how TFP’s advanced nonwovens can provide a solution to your technical challenge.



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