By Dr. Cameron Chai
Bayer MaterialScience has announced that it will display several polyurethane innovations at Composites 2012. Polyurethane is a versatile material, which is used in a wide range of industries and applications.
The successful applications that demonstrate the benefits of polyurethanes compared to other competing materials will also be featured at the event. The benefits include light weight, superior strength and low VOC.
Bayer will feature various parts developed using the Resin Infusion and Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) processes. The parts include a high-pressure hydrogen storage tank, a huge composite windmill root ring and two prototype airfoils. The airfoils are molded from Bayer’s Baydur RTM polyurethane system, which has been mainly designed for this application.
The company will also showcase high-performance cylindrical parts and polyurethane pultrusion parts. A low-pressure bottle and a cylinder are high-performance cylindrical parts produced through the filament winding process. The pultrusion parts include profiles from Pultrall, shelving and flooring modules from Conforce, and others. The event will feature two pultruded polyurethane window solutions: Deceuninck INNERGY rigid thermal enforcement window stiffener and Graham Architectural Products' GThurm window frame.
In addition, Bayer will exhibit new roof modules produced by Romeo RIM using its long fiber injection (LFI) press at Composites 2012. Other parts produced using the LFI process include spa cabinet modules fabricated by Creative Urethanes and Romeo RIM. A load floor made of Baypreg system and produced through the spray polyurethane process will also be displayed at Composites 2012.