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Technical Fibre Products to exhibit latest materials at JEC Americas 2015

The company will be showcasing products from its Optiveil, Optimat and Tecnofire ranges, including a new, extended range of high performance thermoplastic veils.

1st June 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Schenectady, NY

Protective, Civil Engineering, Industrial

The company will be showcasing products from its Optiveil, Optimat and Tecnofire ranges. Highlights include the new, extended range of high performance thermoplastic veils; including PPS, PEI, PEEK, polyamide and polyimide.

These materials have been developed specifically to significantly improve the mechanical properties of a composite with minimal modifications to the manufacturing process necessary. The lightweight veils can be interleaved between reinforcement plies to provide a means to significantly improve the interlaminar toughness of a composite structure, increasing resistance to both mode-I and mode-II fracture, according to the manufacturer.

High quality surface finish

The full range of Optiveil and Optimat materials have been specifically designed to provide multiple benefits and enabling a high quality surface finish whilst simultaneously imparting surface functionality such as conductivity, EMI shielding and corrosion and abrasion resistance to a composite structure.

Other benefits include the use of dielectric nonwovens to prevent galvanic corrosion, which occurs when aluminium or other metals come into contact with carbon fibre in a composite structure, the company reports.

The nonwoven is said to provide an extremely uniform, lightweight barrier between the two materials to isolate them, stopping an electrochemical reaction occurring. In addition, the ultra lightweight veils, from 2 g/m², are designed as an effective carrier or support for adhesive films, ensuring a minimum weight addition whilst improving handling and setting the bond line.

Fire protection materials

TFP’s Tecnofire range of fire protection materials will also be on display. These materials are said to deliver highly effective passive fire protection at the surface of a composite without compromising the integrity of the structure.

Visitors of the JEX Americas event will be able to see the full range of advanced nonwoven materials on offer, find out more about how the new range of thermoplastic veils can improve the mechanical properties of a composite, or discuss possible solutions to their technical challenges.

The company has extensive experience and product development facilities in order to develop a suitable solution for a specific technical challenge, including a pilot machine, high spec laminator, fibre coating line and nanocoating facility, all of which help to enable both effective material design and scale up from concept to larger scale production.

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