Michelman will use this year’s JEC World 2017 event in Paris, France to feature its versatile line of fibre sizings that are used by fibre producers and composite manufacturers to produce stronger, lighter and more durable composite parts.
According to Michelman, its portfolio of products allows customers to tailor the surface chemistry of reinforcement fibres to the chemistry of the matrix resin, thereby optimising the interfacial adhesion between the polymers and fibres. Michelman says that it offers a diverse selection of sizings that are optimised for a broad range of thermoplastic and thermoset resins, including high temperature matrices. Its fibre sizings, including its flagship brand Hydrosize, are applied during the manufacturing process of chopped or continuous strand fibreglass, carbon fibre, natural fibres and fillers, or post-applied when making non-wovens and composite pre-pregs.
Michelman says it will showcase its new Hydrosize Link U470 and U480 fibre sizings that are designed to react with polyamide resin matrices, elaborating that these enhanced reactive sizings are added during the fibre manufacturing process and become reactive during the compounding process. Hydrosize Link products are the result of Michelman’s intense focus on the development and manufacturing of specialised polyurethane fibre sizings that improve composite performance in applications where materials are exposed to water, ethylene glycol, and high temperature.
Also under the spotlight will be Michelman’s portfolio of Hydrosize grades for use with recycled carbon fibres. These include Hydrosize U2-04, Hydrosize HP3-02, Hydrosize PA845H and Hydrosize HP-1632. These formulations are compatible with previously sized recycled carbon fibre, typically epoxy, as well as with most common thermoplastic resins such as PA, PP, PC, and high temperature thermoplastics such as PPS and PEEK.
Complementing Michelman’s line of fibre sizings will be a selection of processing aids to provide fibre protection during forming, processing and post processing, as well as slip resistance and lubricity.
Visit Michelman in Hall 5A, Stand P40 at JEC World 2017.