CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: Toray Composite Materials America
Appears in Print as: 'Carbon fiber material innovations'
Toray Composite Materials America Inc. is featuring its latest innovations in carbon fiber and composite materials including TORAYCA T1100 carbon fiber.
2510/T700S-12K PW fuselage internal frame. Source | Toray Composite Materials America Inc.
Toray Composite Materials America Inc. (Tacoma, Wash., U.S.) is featuring its latest innovations in carbon fiber and composite materials including its TORAYCA T1100 carbon fiber. Toray says T1100 has established a new class of carbon fiber (intermediate modulus +) and offers improvements in both tensile modulus and strength compared to traditional intermediate modulus fibers. Toray notes that standard modulus (SM) carbon fibers typically exhibit fiber modulus of 33-34 Msi or slightly higher and are the most cost-effective fibers as measured by tensile strength or modulus per unit cost. Intermediate modulus (IM) carbon fibers typically exhibit a tensile modulus of 42 Msi. Originally developed for aerospace applications, IM fibers now find use in recreational and industrial applications as well.
The company is also featuring its full line of prepreg materials, including unidirectional tape, slit tape, fiberglass fabrics, carbon fiber fabrics and resin products. In addition, for out-of-autoclave (OOA) applications, Toray is featuring its 2510 resin system for primary structural materials. Toray 2510 has a public design allowable database through AGATE which reduces the amount of testing for material qualification. 2510 is also a stock product with a minimum order quantity of 1 roll.
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