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22nd August 2017, Burneside

New TFP materials at Composites Europe 2017

To learn more about TFP’s multifunctional materials and explore how these can provide a solution to your technical challenge talk to the team from TFP at Composites Europe in September. © Technical Fibre ProductsTechnical Fibre Products (TFP) will be exhibiting its latest nonwoven solutions for advanced composites at Composites Europe in Stuttgart, from 19-21 September 2017. On display will be materials from TFP’s Optiveil, Optimat and Tecnofire ranges, specifically designed for use in composites.

According to the manufacturer, these lightweight materials, available in a broad range of wet-laid nonwovens, can fulfil a number of functions in an advanced composite structure, including enabling a high quality, resin rich surface finish.

Another important function, according to the manufacturer, is preventing galvanic corrosion. TFP’s dielectric nonwovens act as an electrically isolating layer between dissimilar conductive materials to prevent the electrochemical reaction that causes galvanic corrosion.

They also act as a resin flow medium to provide enhanced resin transportation in both inter-laminar and surface regions. Optiveil and Optimat are said to remove the need to use additional flow media and ultimately lower resin usage and scrap.

The company’s materials are also designed to provide a lightweight, effective carrier or support for adhesive films, ensuring a defined and consistent film thickness whilst improving handling and resilience. They also deliver highly effective passive fire protection at the surface of a composite without compromising the integrity of the structure, the company reports.

The latest PTFE veil offers a combination of hydrophobic and non-stick properties, acting as a release material or breather fabric.

Also on display will be the latest addition to TFP’s range of thermoplastic veils, which are designed to increase composite interlaminar toughness. The new development is a high-performance veil made entirely from polyimide (fibre and binder), providing the advantage of chemical resistance combined with high thermal stability.

TFP is a leading nonwoven manufacturer, offering a broad choice of high quality, technically advanced nonwovens for an array of challenging applications across industries ranging from aerospace and defence to automotive, energy, industrial, construction and healthcare. TFP is part of James Cropper plc.

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