These include a novel Tecnofire® fire protection material, the first of its kind which can be activated on demand, without heat. The 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. Also on display will be TFP’s 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 interlaminar toughness of a composite structure, increasing resistance to both mode-I and mode-II fracture with minimal modifications to the manufacturing process necessary.
TFP Presenting at CAMX Conference
These new materials will also feature in the CAMX conference program. Mandy Clement, TFP's Technology Manager, will be presenting at the CAMX conference on the topic of 'Enhancing composites using wet-laid nonwovens'. Mandy will introduce these novel nonwoven developments, discussing how TFP's lightweight, functional materials can be used to enhance a wide range of composite properties such as Fire Resistance, EMI Shielding and composite survivability. To find out more about these exciting new developments attend Mandy's presentation in the 'New Materials’ track on Wednesday 28th October at 4.30pm.
In addition to these new developments, CAMX visitors can find out more about TFP’s Optiveil® and Optimat® ranges at the show. These have been specifically designed to provide multiple benefits; enabling a high-quality surface finish whilst simultaneously imparting surface functionality such as conductivity, EMI shielding and corrosion & 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 nonwoven provides 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 an effective carrier or support for adhesive films, ensuring a minimum weight addition whilst improving handling and setting the bond line.
These materials are just an indication of TFP’s capability, the development and manufacture of custom nonwovens to meet specific performance, aesthetic or processing requirements is a key part of TFP’s approach. It is recognized that in a lot of cases a standard material will not suffice and in order to develop a suitable solution for a specific technical challenge TFP has extensive experience and product development facilities. The latter include 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.
To see the full range of advanced nonwoven materials on offer, find out more about TFP’s exciting new materials, or to discuss possible solutions to your technical challenge visit the TFP stand at CAMX from 27-29 October; booth K99 at the Dallas Convention Center.