TenCate Advanced Composites USA Inc. (Morgan Hill, Calif. and Fairfield, Calif.) announced two new out-of-autoclave epoxies at SAMPE 2012. TC 350-1 epoxy is a 275°F-/135°C-cure, 350°F-/177°C-postcure resin matrix designed for military and commercial aerospace applications, particularly in unmanned aerial vehicles. It features a 21-day tack life and 45-day out time. The other epoxy material, TC 275, is designed for general aviation use, has a 275°F/135°C cure and features a seven-day tack life and 14-day out time. According to the company, the system is undergoing screening evaluations for the new Cirrus jet program at Cirrus Aircraft (Duluth, Minn.). TenCate says both materials have a void content of 0.5 percent after vacuum bag cure.
Editor PickBondtech Corp., World Autoclave Solutions to merge
The companies stated that they will bring to the market an autoclave system solution for all industrial applications.