At JEC Europe 2015: TenCate Advanced Composites

The Almelo, The Netherlands-based developer and manufacturer of advanced composite materials highlighted its latest material innovations and technologies for aerospace, automotive and industrial markets.

TenCate Advanced Composites (Almelo, The Netherlands) launched several new high-grade products and showcasing a range of customer applications that incorporate its advanced composites.

Items on display at the TenCate stand included a full size Thales GD LiveTV triband radome, an Airbus Defense and Space next-generation solar panel for future ESA missions, using the latest space prepreg technology, and an Airbus (Toulouse, France) A380 jet engine pylon cover manufactured by Daher Socata (Tarbes, France) using TenCate Cetex thermoplastic composites. The TenCate stand also will feature a showcase of thermoset and thermoplastic automotive pieces, including the Kringlan thermoplastic hybrid rim for passenger cars.

New products across both thermoset and thermoplastic composite portfolios included:

TenCate Cetex TC1320 PEKK — a new thermoplastic composite aimed at commercial aircraft applications, ranging from structural components to interiors. Tencate says high-grade TenCate Cetex material features flame retardancy, low moisture uptake, excellent resistance to solvents and outstanding toughness for impact resistance.

TenCate Cetex TC912 — a PA6 thermoplastic for a range of structural and semi-structural, high-volume automotive applications, offering improved mechanical properties and tailored fabric architecture, available in both woven and UD reinforcements.

TenCate TC275-1 — an epoxy prepreg that represents the latest generation of TenCate's out of autoclave/vacuum processible structural prepregs. It is currently used in general aviation and launch structures on the strength of its reportedly ideal set of mechanical and handling properties.

TenCate E760 — a highly toughened epoxy resin system with exceptional high-temperature performance, designed for use in mechanically demanding structural applications exposed to elevated temperatures, such as Formula 1 and high-performance automotive applications.

TenCate also highlighted its global expansions in both capabilities and capacity. In North America, at its Morgan Hill, CA, US facilities, the company revealed new internal slitting capability for both thermoset and thermoplastic unitapes. The precision slitting equipment of TenCate features 18-station traverse winding, with slit widths of 0.3175-0.095 cm.

In Europe, at the Langley Mill (Nottingham, UK) facilities, TenCate also is set to become a center of excellence for thermoset chemistry systems, expanding its European capability to include thermoset composite materials for aerospace and space applications and capacity for fabric and UD tape based products to serve existing industrial markets.