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12th October 2016, The Netherlands

A perfect marriage for lightweight performance?

DSM Dyneema, the inventor and manufacturer of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre branded as Dyneema, will demonstrate the lightweight performance power of Dyneema Carbon hybrid composites at the plastics and rubber K Trade Fair in Dusseldorf next week (19-26 October 2016).

According to DSM, Dyneema Carbon hybrid composites represent a leap in the evolution of carbon fibre. The so called ‘world’s strongest fibre’ significantly improves the performance of pure carbon composites in terms of weight, impact resistance, ductility and vibrational dampening, the company claims.

Dyneema® Carbon: a perfect marriage for lightweight performance. (Photos DSM Dyneema, DYNPR347)

Ongoing projects will be highlighted that demonstrate how Dyneema Carbon improves the performance of sports and automotive motorsports products that currently rely on pure carbon composites. “Imagine a hockey stick with a better feel through reduced vibration, or a rally racecar component that does not shatter on impact – and that’s just for starters,” DSM enthuses.

The popularity of pure carbon is easy to explain according to DSM. “It’s strong, stiff, lightweight and easy to mould. But it’s not so good at handling impacts,” notes DSM Dyneema scientist and part-time professor at Delft University of Technology Roel Marissen.

Carbon also splinters when it breaks, which can cause injuries. By marrying carbon with Dyneema, DSM says impact energy absorption can be increased by up to 100% while removing the risk of splintering. Dyneema Carbon hybrid composites are also said to be lighter, less brittle and more vibration dampening than pure carbon composites.

Dyneema fibre has long been used to moor oilrigs, sail ships, stop bullets and repair human ligaments and as a fabric component, is becoming increasingly popular with high-performance sports apparel and athletic sportswear, from mountain climbing to motorcycling, the company says.

“Now as part of a hybrid composite, Dyneema can bring its lightweight strength to products currently using pure carbon composites – covering everything from golf clubs to racing bikes to steering wheels. The possibilities are endless,” DSM concludes.


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