In its 12th appearance at the JEC Europe Show, Telene SAS (Bondues, France) highlighted its new thrusts into areas such as the oil and gas industry, compact wastewater treatment units and poly-DCPD-based composites. In illustration, the company showed at its stand a thick-walled, insulation cover for offshore pipe connections. Telene's marketing and sales manger Ralph Hédel said, "This is novel application in the offshore sector after the successful multi-year testing of our solutions by Ifremer and via a CITEPH sponsored R&D program."
Telene told visitors it worked with leading material suppliers and institutes to develop a Poly-DCPD-based, glass fiber-reinforced composite and benchmark it against equivalent epoxy-based composite materials. As a result, a composite material with the following properties profile was achieved:
- Tougher damage behaviour (also at very low temperatures)
- Higher damage tolerance in impact
- Good and predictable fatigue properties
- Improved ballistic protection
- Higher electro-magnetic transparency
- Higher dielectric strength
- Lower density
- Flame retardancy possible
Telene says the very low viscosity of the PDCPD resin (10 MPa.s) reportedly enables fast impregnation of the reinforcement and excellent fiber wetting. Therefore, higher fiber contents and faster production can be obtained in infusion, RTM and SRIM processes, as well as in pultrusion. A "tunable" curing option allows users to chose from a range of curing options, ranging from very fast curing (less than 1 minute) to a pot life of several hours, allowing a wide spectrum of product dimensions and series lengths.
Telene PDCPD composite body panels were used on an otherwise standard Massey Ferguson 5000-series vehicle driven by Manon Ossevoort during his Antarctica 2 expedition. Ossevoort's team and the machine experienced probably the most extreme conditions an off-road vehicle will ever endure reaching the South Pole this past December. Telene's PDCPD parts reportedly performed flawlessly. An exclusive coffee-table book with pictures taken by the expedition team awaited visitors at the booth.
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