Aerospace-grade 24k carbon fiber

Toho Tenax Europe GmbH has launched three new carbon fiber products for aerospace and other high-performance applications.

Toho Tenax Europe GmbH (Wuppertal, Germany) is launching three new carbon fiber products for aerospace and other high-performance applications. The first, Tenax-E IMS65 24K, is produced in Germany for aerospace applications, and will be qualifiable beginning in mid-2009. The second, Tenax-E UTS55 24K, which is still under development, is an ultrahigh-tenacity fiber that is said to have enhanced tensile properties. Targeted to high-performance industrial applications, including offshore oil equipment components, pressure vessels and aerospace structures, the material will be produced on the newest production line in Germany, which is currently under construction and scheduled for startup in August 2009. The third product, Tenax-A HT C723 6mm, is a chopped carbon fiber, designed as a general-purpose reinforcement for use in high-temperature resin systems. It maintains its thermal stability at temperatures as high as 500°C/932°F, making it compatible with advanced high-temperature engineered thermoplastics, such as polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) and polyetheretherketone (PEEK).