FORMAX, Imperial College to develop composite binding technology

Carbon fiber and reinforcements manufacturer FORMAX has formed a research collaboration with the Polymer and Composite Engineering group at Imperial College in London. Emphasis will be on novel binding chemistry for short- and long-fiber composites.

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Carbon fiber and specialty reinforcements manufacturer FORMAX (Leicester, U.K.) reported on March 5 that it has formed a research collaboration with the Polymer and Composite Engineering (PaCE) group based at Imperial College (London, U.K.).

The project will focus on developing the technology of short- and long-fiber composites in the form of a novel binding chemistry. The findings will improve the processability of carbon preforms for resin transfer molding (RTM) and infusion techniques, and enhance the mechanical performance of the finished carbon composite.

FORMAX’s research and development team is working with PaCE members Professor Alexander Bismark and Dr. Koon-Yang Lee. PaCE is a multidisciplinary research group, bridging the gap between chemistry, materials science, processing and engineering applications.

This recent collaboration with PaCE is possible as a result of FORMAX obtaining two funding streams from Imperial College - the Knowledge Transfer Secondment (KTS) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

“We are immensely proud to be affiliated with such an accredited research group at Imperial College. By working closely with the PaCE team, FORMAX will continue to pursue and deliver high quality and innovative bespoke reinforcements”, comments Oliver Wessely, managing director of FORMAX. 

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