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7th March 2019, Havant

New epoxy prepreg solution for aerospace interiors

TCS launches FAR 25.853 compliant epoxy prepreg solution for aero interior applications. © Total Composite Solutions

TCS launches FAR 25.853 compliant epoxy prepreg solution for aero interior applications. © Total Composite Solutions

Total Composite Solutions (TCS) introduces a new epoxy prepreg solution to the aerospace interiors sector. The material range developed and manufactured by Microtex Composites, TCS’s prepreg partner, will allow substitution of traditional phenolic systems whilst exceeding the requirements of industry standard FAR 25.853.

“The prepreg solution we are delivering to the market will enable the removal of phenolic chemistry from the sector, a strategy clearly defined by the major market OEMs,” commented Andy Pointon, Managing Director of TCS.

“Extensive independent testing carried out by certified industry test houses has proven the TCS solution exceeds the demands of FAR 25.853, producing values equivalent or better in terms of both heat release and smoke density. Values such as these have only previously been seen in phenolic systems.”

The material range will allow substitution of traditional phenolic systems. © Total Composite Solutions

The material range will allow substitution of traditional phenolic systems. © Total Composite Solutions

Additional benefits derived from the change in chemistry, over and above health and safety in the workplace, are said to include greatly improved finished part quality, reductions in potential rework, and resulting commercial or supply chain gains in manufacturing, the company explains. The material can be oven cured allowing flexibility to manufacture large structures without autoclave curing. All test properties achieved to date have been produced from oven cured laminates.

“Due to the more structural nature of the material, we see potential for lighter weight structures, which will further enhance fire performance properties,” the company concludes.

Total Composites Solutions is an advanced composite solutions company focusing on providing its customers and partners with market development, technical and engineering support along with optimised products within the advanced resin, adhesives, fibre and prepreg markets.

www.totalcompositesolutions.com

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