Thermoplastic matrix resins

New products on TenCate Advanced Composites USA’s JEC Europe 2013 stand included TenCate TC925 FST, a polycarbonate-based fiberglass for the aircraft interiors market

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New products on TenCate Advanced Composites USA’s (Morgan Hill, Calif.) JEC Europe 2013 stand included TenCate TC925 FST, a polycarbonate-based fiberglass for the aircraft interiors market; MS-4J, a low-flame/smoke/toxicity (FST) thermoset molding compound for aircraft interiors; Cetex 1220, a polyetheretherketone (PEEK)-based thermoplastic unitape (rated at 50-ksi/X 344.7-MPa compression after impact); and TC275-1, a 30-day out time/21-day tack life out-of-autoclave epoxy that cures at 275°F/135°C with low moisture uptake. TenCate also touted the fact that it is now the exclusive distributor and toll manufacturer for 3M’s nanosilica-filled 3M Matrix Resins for tooling. These products reportedly feature low exotherm, good surface hardness, low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and low spring back.