The first ever JEC Forum DACH will be opening its doors on 23rd November in Frankfurt and Technical Fibre Products will exhibiting their advanced nonwovens on booth C6 at the event. On display will be materials from their Optiveil® and Tecnofire® ranges which offer a range of solutions for composites including surface finish, adding functionality and providing fire protection.
TFP’s Optiveil® nonwovens provide a number of solutions for composites including surface finish, adhesive carriers or supports, fracture toughness improvement or resin flow media. The latest additions to this range, which will be available at the show, are lightweight veils designed for high temperature performance in composites. They include a polyimide veil, which is the highest temperature stable polymer veil that TFP manufacture, with a maximum service temperature of above 260°C – significantly higher than other polymers such as polyester and PPS. The material was developed as a high performance insulation material for space applications, designed to offer the temperature stability necessary to withstand missions to Mercury and the Sun, where spacecraft experience extreme temperatures. The other new veil, made from basalt fibre, is stable up to 850°C and retains its integrity when in contact with an open flame, making it suitable for applications requiring a fire barrier. Basalt, like glass, also has a high resistance to acid and alkali, which makes it ideal for use in corrosive environments.
Examples from the rest of TFP’s Optiveil® range will also be available. These materials have been developed specifically for composites and are used extensively for applications such as surface finish in composites, with proven results in aerospace, automotive, sporting goods, marine and energy applications. The veils deliver a high quality resin rich surface, with a dual function of enhancing resin flow and/or adding functionality such as EMI shielding, electrical conductivity, galvanic corrosion protection and abrasion resistance.
Also on the TFP stand will be the Tecnofire® range of lightweight intumescent fire protection materials. The materials work by expanding from 4 to 35 times their original thickness when exposed to heat, protecting the underlying structure from heat energy. The popular range is used extensively in a broad range of applications and has been specified for use in bridges, fire doors, buses, trains, trams and structural panels (to name but a few) following successful fire testing. TFP offer 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.
To find out more about the range of materials TFP offer and their typical applications, talk to Neil Gray and Jamie Hardiment on stand C6 at JEC Forum DACH in Frankfurt from 23-24 November.