North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) will be showcasing its lightweight prepreg and automation solutions for the marine, motorsports, industrial, aerospace, sports and luxury goods markets at the Advanced Engineering Show in Birmingham, UK, this November.
NTPT says it has developed a range of lightweight prepreg materials in carbon, glass and other fibres, including thin unidirectional (UD) tapes in weights from 30 g/m2 to 300 g/m2. These thin ply UD prepregs offer improved mechanical performance as the thinner plies enhance wet-out of even the smallest filaments in the reinforcement. Consistent and controlled resin/fibre distribution produces a more homogenous composite material with significantly improved tensile and compressive properties.
To offer customers a complete package of prepreg materials, it says a range of woven and stitched fabric prepregs and adhesive films has been introduced to complement the lightweight UD tapes.
The company explains it also manufactures custom 2D multiaxial prepreg preforms using automated tape laying (ATL) equipment, which result in savings in both materials and labour costs. The fibre orientation of each ply can be selected to offer the optimum performance in the final structure without being constrained by weaving techniques. In addition, NTPT offers a range of cost effective ATL machines so that customers can produce 2D preforms in-house. This equipment makes it efficient to use thin prepreg plies that offer improved composite strength and unique weight saving opportunities whilst also removing the cutting waste often associated with traditional fabric preforms.
NTPT will be exhibiting at The Advanced Engineering Show, Stand C161.
Companies: North Thin Ply Technology