Teijin launches carbon fiber intermediate material brands
Appears in Print as: 'Carbon fiber intermediate materials target sport applications'
Tenax PW and Tenax BM is a series of aircraft- and satellite-quality materials made for sport applications with superior strength, toughness and durability compared to standard Teijin carbon fiber prepregs
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On Feb. 26 Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) launches its novel Tenax PW (power series) and Tenax BM (beam series) brands of carbon fiber intermediate materials for sports applications.
Tenax PW, made of high-tenacity, high tensile modulus resin, is an advanced aircraft-quality material that, as a result of exceptional durability and toughness, maximizes power and speed. Tenax PW also reportedly suppresses and absorbs impact forces to minimize and localize damage after impact and retains a compressive strength superior to that of Teijin’s standard carbon fiber prepregs.
Tenax BM is another highly advanced material. High rigidity, straightness, operability and stability make it ideal for applications requiring flexibility and resistance to thermal expansion. Tenax BM also offers superior vibration damping (suppression and absorption), achieving damping effects four times greater than that of Teijin’s standard carbon fiber prepregs. Sporting goods made with Tenax BM are highly resistant to impact deformation and shakes.
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