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6/3/2013

Glass and flax fiber/bio-resin prepregs

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Composites Evolution Ltd. launched at JEC Europe 2013 its glass-filled and flax-filled poly(furfuryl alcohol) (PFA) bio-resin prepregs.

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Composites Evolution Ltd. (Chesterfield, U.K.) launched at JEC Europe 2013 its glass-filled and flax-filled poly(furfuryl alcohol) (PFA) bio-resin prepregs. PFA, said to be similar to a phenolic resin, is a thermosetting system derived from hemicellulose crop waste, such as sugar cane bagasse. Aside from its positive environmental profile, it has been shown to have flame-retardant properties equivalent to that of phenolics, along with excellent chemical resistance. As a result of more than four years of extensive R&D, the high-performance PFA bio-resin prepregs are based on aligned fabrics — natural flax, glass or carbon. They reportedly boast a combination of low weight, high mechanical properties, excellent fire-retardant properties and low environmental impact. The prepregs can be consolidated by vacuum, autoclave or compression press and are designed for a range of applications in mass transportation, furniture and construction.  

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