Optimize Manufacturing and Mechanical Performance with Air Release, Fiber Wetting and Coupling Additives

May 18, 2021 |

BYK will present a range of additives that achieve this for various thermoset resins and discuss the underlying mechanism and selection of these additives.

Optimal performance of composite materials requires elimination of air bubbles and voids as well as complete fiber wet-out during manufacture. In this webinar, BYK will present a range of additives that achieve this for various thermoset resins and discuss the underlying mechanism and selection of these additives. Furthermore, BYK will present a new class of additives called coupling agents that create a strong mechanical bond between resin and reinforcement, providing higher mechanical strength and more freedom in the design of composite parts.

Agenda:

  • Understand the mechanisms behind air release, fiber wetting and coupling
  • Select additives based on resin chemistry and other criteria
  • Use coupling agents to enhance mechanical performance of composites
Brian

Presenter 1:

Brian Kleinheiz

Technical Service Manager for Thermosets

Brian Kleinheiz is the technical service manager for thermosets at BYK USA. In this role, he assists composite manufacturers with BYK additives that improve the performance and processing of epoxies, vinyl esters, unsaturated polyesters and polyurethanes. Previously, he worked at Polynt Composites developing vinyl ester and unsaturated polyester formulations for the transportation, marine, energy and construction composite markets. Brian received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has spent over 15 years in the composites industry.