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11th February 2020, Turkey

Metyx showcases new FRP solutions at JEC

Metyx Tycor fibre reinforced core sheet material. © Metyx.

At JEC World 2020, Paris, Metyx Group (Hall 6, Booth J6) will be showcasing a unique artistic creation prototype in the Sports & Lifestyle Innovation Plant showcase area, along with an expanded range of EN 45545 rated fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) RTM reinforcements, developed to offer lighter and stronger FRP laminate solutions for the rail sector.

In addition to Metycore FS and Metycoremax FS RTM glass fabrics, FST rated technical fabrics now available includes Metyx carbon fibre biaxial fabrics in a carbon-PET foam sandwich system. All three technical fabric solutions, which are suitable for the infusion of fire rated FRP parts, have been tested and approved as part of complete fire retardant (FR) liquid resin and gelcoated FRP laminate systems which meet the rail industry’s EN 45 545 fire standard for composites used in rolling stock.

This latest Metyx carbon biaxial-PET core sandwich reinforcement FST approved lightweight rail solution was tested by the PCA approved Sychta Laboratory Sp.J. in Poland, as part of a FR resin, coating and gelcoat system supplied by Walter Mader AG Composites, Switzerland; the FR laminate with Metyx’s biaxial carbon fibre fabric with the recyclable thermoplastic PET rigid foam core material meets EN 45545-2:2013-Rl 7/HL3. 

Metycore FR approved grades and the full range of Metycore RTM glass fabrics available are all manufactured at the Metyx Composites factory in Istanbul, Turkey (standard sizes from 200M/ 180 FS Core/ 200M up to 900M/ 250 FS Core/ 900M), with customised fabric combinations and surface veil options produced to order. All Metycore fabrics have high drapability for precise dry layup; during injection, FS fabric options enable rapid resin flow throughout the mold, improving part quality, infusion consistency and increasing productivity by reducing fill times and overall production costs.

A life size 10 m3 prototype, manufactured by Metyx, of the totally original C-Sphere artificial intelligence (AI) based ‘moving media’ sculpture on a robot arm, is being displayed in the Sports & Lifestyle Innovation Plant showcase area throughout the JEC show.

Using a proprietary tooling solution, Metyx’s Tooling Division in Manisa created the complex geometrically shaped large lightweight sculpture, which is hollow and seamless, with a special mirror finish surface; weighing only 30kg, C-Sphere is made from vacuum infused epoxy resin reinforced with carbon non-crimp fabrics (NCF).  This unique ‘immersive environment’ AI media sculpture is the creation of world-renowned Turkish artist and architect Professor Guven Ozel of UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), who won a NASA award in 2015 for his Mars colony design.

During JEC World 2020, Metyx USA will also be showcasing successful high-performance applications where using Metyx Tycor fibre reinforced core sheet material has reduced overall weight without losing any structural integrity. North American composites customers in Wind, Marine, Automotive, Infrastructure and Industrial markets looking to maximize savings in weight and cost are realizing the benefits of using Tycor.

Examples of more recent successful applications include Tycor being specified in lightweight FRP trench covers, underground fuel storage tank covers and as main bulkheads in the marine sector.  An increasing number of US boatbuilders manufacturing vessels from 8.5 - 18m (28 - 58 ft) are moving away from balsa and are achieving weight savings of more than 30% as Tycor has less resin take up during infusion compared with a balsa core yet providing desired mechanical properties. Performance pleasure craft, such as powerboats which can reach speeds up to 180mph (156 knots), are now specified with TYCOR manufactured by Metyx USA.

Stephen Misencik, CTO of Metyx USA explains: “Metyx Tycor is now being used by a leading US builder of high performance catamarans up to 55 feet (17m) for vacuum infusing structural bulkheads, reducing material overlaps for a higher fidelity structural design that is lighter and less expensive to mold, so a major win for our customer.”

Tycor is a dry fibre wrapped PIR foam core which achieves its final end use properties though the vacuum infusion process, such as VARTM and RTM. Tycor fibre reinforced cores provide design engineers and convertors with an alternative reinforcement material to balsa and conventional PVC foam cores.

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