Teijin unveils two new carbon fibre intermediate materials
March 10, 2021 - Japan
Teijin has introduced two new carbon fibre intermediate materials - Tenax PW (power series) and Tenax BM (beam series) - for sports applications. Tenax PW is an advanced aircraft-quality material that helps to maximise power and speed. Tenax BM is highly advanced material suitable for use in satellites. It is ideal for applications requiring flexibility.
Tenax PW has exceptional durability and toughness. Made of high-tenacity, high-tensile-modulus resin, Tenax PW also suppresses and absorbs impact forces to minimise and localise damage after impact. In addition, its compressive strength is superior to that of Teijin’s standard carbon fibre prepregs. Utilising these same superior features, sports goods made with Tenax PW enable powerful, speedy swings.
Tenax BM is ideal for applications requiring flexibility and resistance to thermal expansion due to its excellent rigidity, straightness, operability and stability. Tenax BM also offers superior vibration damping (suppression and absorption), achieving four times greater damping than that of Teijin’s standard carbon fibre prepregs. Sporting goods made with satellite-quality Tenax BM are highly resistant to impact deformation and shake.
Demands for cutting-edge materials that support high performance are continually increasing in the sports industries, which is why lightweight, highly rigid carbon fibre has been a favoured material for many years. Since the 1970s, Teijin has been developing carbon fibre and carbon fibre intermediate materials for sports applications including fishing poles, golf shafts, hockey sticks, and tennis rackets. Teijin has now decided to accelerate its development of carbon fibre intermediate materials for sports applications utilising the company’s proprietary carbon fibre technologies deployed in aircraft and satellites.
Tenax, named after a Latin word for tough or tenacious, includes intermediate materials that offer excellent tenacity and five times the strength of steel but just one quarter of the weight.