Solvay launches new technologies for automotive and aerospace applications

During Composites Europe, the company showcased rapid cure thermoset prepregs for automotive applications.

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Solvay Specialty Polymers recently exhibited at Composites Europe in Düsseldorf, Germany (Nov 29th – Dec 1st) and during the show, the company showcased rapid cure thermoset prepregs for automotive applications.

  • The new MTR 760 resin system was specifically developed to manufacture resin impregnated carbon fiber blanks. It reportedly offers very good processing properties with rapid cure of five minutes at 140°C, a DMA onset TG of 135°C, superior toughness and has excellent dynamic loading characteristics that enable the cured part to pass crash and head impact tests without splintering. The surface finish of the cured part allows a Class-A paint finish, without the need for any additional surface film.
  • MTM 710-1 is an epoxy resin prepreg matrix developed specifically for high rate high volume manufacture of structural components using hot compression molding processes. Depending upon the cure temperature selected, MTM 710-1 can be used to manufacture components with a total cycle time of three minutes.

In addition, the company’s liquid resin infusion technology for aerospace primary structure applications includes Solvay’s dry tape TX 1100 and Solvay’s resin system EP 2400. This technology was used to manufacture the wing and wing box of the Russian MC-21 aircraft. The MC-21 is the only single-aisle passenger plane whose composite wing structures were manufactured using out-of-autoclave infusion technology and automated fiber deposition.