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Michelman to display new Hydrosize Carbon at CAMX 2019

24 Jul '19
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Michelman will display its new line of Hydrosize Carbon at CAMX 2019. The composites and advanced materials exhibition will be held from September 23-26, 2019, in California. Michelman is a developer of environmentally friendly advanced materials for industry, offering solutions for the coatings, printing & packaging and industrial manufacturing markets.

Hydrosize Carbon solutions allow customers to leverage carbon fibre’s unique benefits and produce higher quality composite parts. This is done by tailoring the surface chemistry of the reinforcement fibres to the chemistry of the matrix resin, thereby optimising the interfacial adhesion between the polymers and the fibres. This diverse range of grades offer a wide variety of solutions depending on resin compatibility, fibre type, and desired composite performance, according to Michelman.

Designed for polyamides including high-temperature applications, the Hydrosize Carbon 200 series is APE, solvent, and VOC-free and is perfect for fibre reinforced nylon composites where greater thermal stability is required. Formulated for polycarbonates (PC) and other PC blends such as PC-ABS, the Hydrosize Carbon 300 series produces good chemical resistance along with interfacial adhesion to polymer systems.

The Hydrosize Carbon 400 series include high-performance grades that can withstand the extreme processing temperatures that many high-temperature thermoplastics require. Appropriate materials include PEEK, PPS, PEI, and others used to produce various composite engine components. This series exhibits excellent thermal stability, mechanical properties, and low creep.

Finally, the Hydrosize Carbon 700 series, currently under final stages of development and formulated to improve the performance of carbon fibre reinforced vinyl ester composites, is targeted for SMC applications. Its proprietary chemistry allows for increased adhesion between the carbon fibre and various vinyl ester compounds.

Steve Bassetti, group marketing director, and Muhammad Iqbal, research chemist, from Michelman’s industrial manufacturing group will be presenting a technical paper entitled ‘Effect of Sizing on the Interfacial and Mechanical Properties of Carbon Fibre (CF) Reinforced Polyamide (PA6,6) Composites’. (GK)

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