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U.S. Advanced Composites Innovation Manufacturing Institute Launches Vinyl Resin-carbon Fiber Composites Process Optimization Project

Jun 03, 2020

    According to the official website of the American Institute for Advanced Composite Materials Manufacturing (IACMI) on March 9, it will join Ashland, Zalltek, McKemen and other companies, Michigan State University, Dayton University and other institutions of higher learning, as well as the US Department of Energy Start new research projects. The project aims to develop high-performance carbon fiber composite materials by optimizing the performance of vinyl resin and fiber sizing agent.


    In this project, researchers from Michigan State University and Dayton University will use the vinyl resin provided by Ashland, the sizing agent provided by Michael, and the carbon fiber provided by Zalltek, first to produce prepreg and then through the molding process Composite parts. The carbon fiber prepreg produced from the raw materials provided by the above three companies does not contain styrene, and can be stored at room temperature for at least three months with a curing time of less than 3 minutes. "This project brings together professional leading companies in the three fields of resin, sizing agent and carbon fiber to optimize the performance of the prepreg system." said Joe Fox, Ashland's innovation technology manager. Dayton University has a strong scientific research force."


   "This project will provide new solutions for the automotive industry's lightweight goals. Once the production cost of composite auto parts is reduced, it will be important good news for the application of composite materials in the automotive industry." Bryan G. Dods, President of IACMI Said that.


   The success of this project will stimulate the application of vinyl resin-carbon fiber composite materials in the automotive field. It is a new technology with low cost, high output, short curing time, low waste generation, and no styrene emissions. It is expected to drive market demand worth billions of dollars from the automotive sector.