Improving Composite Fracture Toughness using TFP Nonwovens

February 13, 2020

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Carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites are used as high-strength, low-weight materials in a wide range of challenging applications including aerospace, defense and automotive. Unfortunately, composite parts can be prone to failure via delamination and, therefore, commercial solutions to improve composite fracture toughness are required. One such solution being developed involves the use of TFP advanced nonwovens as `composite enhancing interleaves'. It will be shown in the webinar that nonwoven interleaves can dramatically improve fracture toughness whilst adding minimum weight to the composite part. A description of how composite manufacturers can best use enhancing interleaves will also be given.

Primary Topics:

  • How to enhance composite fracture toughness using non-woven interleaves
  • Advantages of using non-woven interleaves
  • How to select the correct non-woven interleave for the end-use
  • How to incorporate a non-woven interleave into the lay-up

Dr. Mandy Clement
TFP Technology Manager, Technical Fibre Products Inc.
Dr Mandy Clement is the Technology Manager at Technical Fibre Products Ltd and over almost 20 years has driven numerous industrial R&D materials projects to commercialisation. The TFP Technology Team is focussed on the research, development and commercialisation of advanced nonwoven technology for customer driven applications across a wide range of market sectors. Current key activities include the investigation of multifunctional thermoplastic veils for composite damage tolerance improvements and the development of lightweight flame retardant veils for aerospace. Mandy is a Chartered Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and has a doctorate in Chemistry from Durham University, UK.