CAMX 2016 preview: Technical Fibre Products

Technical Fibre Products (TFP, Schenectady, NY, US) will exhibit its line of nonwovens.

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Technical Fibre Products Inc. (TFP, Schenectady, NY, US) will exhibit its line of nonwovens. The first of these is a nano-functionalized nonwoven, which has been created on TFP’s commercial nanocoating line in Schenectady. The incorporation of nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes or nanofibers into or onto a nonwoven can provide multiple benefits including enhancement of surface conductivity, EMI shielding, thermal management and structural properties. TFP will also exhibit its novel Tecnofire nonwovens, which provide composites with built-in fire protection. Fabricated from high temperature resistant fibers, these resin-infusible materials are incorporated at the surface of a composite, imparting fire protection where it is needed. Activated by high temperatures, Tecnofire expands and protects the underlying structure from fire. The advantage to these nonwovens, says TFP, is an improvement in the fire, smoke, toxicity (FST) performance of the composite, without the structural compromises or time-consuming application associated with alternative technologies. A new development in this range is a Tecnofire grade that can be activated on demand, without heat. The intumescent mat has been designed for use in a remotely activated fire protection system and, due to the presence of conductive fibers, has the added benefit of acting as an EMI shield. Another new product will be TFP’s extended range of high-performance veils made from thermoplastic fibers, including polyphenylene sulphide (PPS), polyether imide (PEI), polyetheretherketone (PEEK), polyamide and polyimide. These materials are designed for use in carbon fiber composites as enhancing interleaves. It has been demonstrated that they can significantly improve mode-I and mode-II fracture toughness by up to 160% and 430% respectively.

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