Toho Tenax Europe (TTE) has developed a new compound, based on recycled thermoplastic carbon fibre material and PEEK (polyetheretherketone) thermoplastic and will exhibit its thermoplastic recycling solutions and several application options at JEC World 2017.
According to TTE, Tenax-E COMPOUND rPEEK CF30 is a reinforced material combination of waste materials generated during processing of Tenax ThermoPlastics and recycled semi crystalline PEEK polymer, which contains 30% of carbon fibre by weight and offers a high performance in strength and stiffness for injection molding applications.
TTE explains that this compound has an almost identical performance to virgin standard material in terms of tensile modulus and strength, which also includes elongation, viscosity, chemical resistance, abrasion and a very low moisture to absorption ratio, to round off the highlight characteristics of this recycled material. The created value of this compound is linked to the combination of high performance materials as well as a low-cost price of 40-60 % compared to virgin carbon fibre reinforced PEEK compounds.
In conjunction with its partners, an OEM Aircraft manufacturer and Sintex NP Group, TTE says it has demonstrated that a serial Aircraft “Wing Access Panel” can be manufactured to prove the performance of the recycled granules. The Sintex NP Group was selected as the partner responsible for the part manufacturing process based on Tenax-E COMPOUND rPEEK CF30 and the assessment of material processability compared to today’s virgin material standards within their production processes. It was shown that it is possible to combine best performance with full manufacturing and design flexibility without any parameter adjustments in the production chain. This way Tenax-E COMPOUND rPEEK CF30 is able to reduce the part costs significantly.
TTE and Teijin Kasei Europe will cover the European market. “By separating the market into Aerospace, Industry and Automotive, both companies can use their strengths in the corresponding market segments,” so Falk Ansorge, Sales Manager Aerospace at TTE. TTE says it will concentrate on creating applications in the Aerospace field, whilst Teijin Kasei Europe already supplies PC, PC/ABS and PC alloy compounds to various industries mainly for automotive applications, so that their product range is expanded with Tenax-E COMPOUND rPEEK CF30.
Toho Tenax adds that it has developed three different thermoplastic recycling solutions: Compound, Chips and Crushed. They are reinforced material combinations made of recycled Tenax TPCL and Tenax TPWF and recycled semi crystalline polyetheretherketone (PEEK) polymer to offer high performance in strength and stiffness for injection molding applications.