Global materials technology company, TenCate Advanced Composites supports the use of engineered composites materials in a broad range of applications, which range from high volume automotive applications to high temperature oil and gas applications.
The composite materials are used in a number of industrial markets such as
- Heavy Industrial
- Wear Applications
- Rods and Tubes
In addition, TenCate materials help in reducing weight and thus boost fuel efficiency in numerous transportation industries, including automotive trucks, rail and bus. Moreover, TenCate’s high performance composites provide a novel option to the conventional metals and non-reinforced plastics, which are generally employed in the oil and gas market.
Thermoset Prepreg Technology
The advanced composite prepregs, which are based on thermoset, are provided in both fabric and unidirectional tape form that range from slit tapes to 64” wide fabrics. Both direct impregnation and film impregnation are used by TenCate to meet specific handling and processing needs of each individual customer. The thermoplastic composite prepregs are available in a number of forms, such as fabric-based prepregs or semi-pregs, fully impregnated unidirectional tapes, pre-consolidated and oriented stacked laminates of 1-25 plies, and resin systems including PPS, Nylon, PEEK and PEI.
Bulk Molding Compounds
For compression molding, TenCate provides a wide range of chopped fiber bulk molding compounds. These molding compounds use thermoplastic matrix resins such as PPS, PEEK and Nylon, or thermoset matrix resins like epoxy or cyansate esters.
Compression Molded Parts
TenCate also provides prototyping, CAD/ CAM, vertically integrated tool design and full manufacturing capabilities.
Advanced composites offer the following benefits:
- Corrosion resistance
- High strength and stiffness
- Weight reduction
- Exceptional toughness and fatigue resistance
- Ability to optimize strength and stiffness
- Ease of fabrication via common molding processes
- Thermoplastic based tapes and laminates
- Composite surfacing films
- Syntactic foam products
- Compression molded parts
- Thermoset-based prepregs of glass, carbon and other continuous reinforcements
In the automotive industry, the two main considerations are large-scale production and weight reduction. The quick stamping processes developed specifically for use with thermoplastic composite materials help in meeting these high volume requirements. When compared to metallic and injection molded parts, continuous fiber reinforced materials provide equal strength and stiffness with reduced weight. Continuous Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic (CFRT) materials exhibit better structural properties when compared to thermoset composites in terms of impact, cost and sustainability, part cycle times and other properties.
In any industrial setup, improved cycle time and reduced downtime happen to be important aspects. Advanced materials that are resistant to corrosion can minimize this downtime. Also, quick assembly techniques and lightweight structures can cut down infrastructure expenditures related to pipeline component replacement. Moreover, thermoplastic composites are used in the wind industry to produce blades and nacelles.
TenCate provides unique, durable and lightweight solutions for advanced electronics, such as tablet computers and smart phones. Additionally, carbon fiber reinforced blades are particularly useful in large-scale structures, where both strength and stiffness are required.
With exceptional strength, stiffness and low weight properties, the composites are suitable for a wide range of markets. Presently, composites are being utilized to produce tennis rackets, golf club shafts, bicycles, fishing rods, boat paddles, hockey sticks and cricket bats, among others.
TenCate also manufactures advanced prosthetic and orthotic medical devices.
Thermoset Materials Selection Guide
||Cure Time (minutes)
|Low to Moderate Service Temperature Thermoset
||Good overall system with moderate toughness for impact resistance
||Long outtime, high toughness system
|Moderate Temperature Thermoset
||TC350 version optimized for low pressure vacuum cures
|High Temperature Thermoset
||Very high temperature capable system
||High temperature system with ability to withstand 550°F/288°C service temps
Design and Part Services
The CCS division of TenCate specializes in designing and producing compression molded composite parts. CCS develops highly beneficial parts from the properties of molding compounds and is quite an expert in high tolerance, geometrically complex parts.
For intricate structures made of titanium or aluminium, compression molding offers an alternative solution. Standard reinforcements comprise of glass and carbon fiber; however, other reinforcements are also possible.
Materials Selection Guide
Bulk Molding Compounds
TenCate's elaborate lab and testing capabilities enable quick development, customization and database development in a short period of time and with minimum costs, unlike other material suppliers. TenCate’s extensive expertise in thermoplastic and thermoset resins, various reinforcements and part design make it a suitable partner for its customers.
||High modulus epoxy
||Tensile Strength - 42 ksi (290 MPa)
Tensile Modulus - 19 Msi (131 GPa)
||Fast cure intermediate modulus epoxy
||Tensile Strength - 37 ksi (255 MPa)
Tensile Modulus - 10 Msi (69 GPa)
||Standard modulus epoxy
||Tensile Strength - 45 psi (310 MPa)
Tensile Modulus - 9 Msi (62 GPa)
||Fast cure standard modulus epoxy
||Tensile Strength - 44 ksi (303 MPa)
Tensile Modulus - 6 Msi (41 GPa)
||Thermoplastic based with standard or IM fibers
||Thermoplastic based with standard or IM fibers
||Standard or intermediate modulus
Advanced Composite Materials for Aerospace
The aerospace sector relies on innovation from the supply chain for new processes and materials. TenCate Advanced Composites’ customer focus on custom-made systems, integrated with TenCate’s all-inclusive laboratory and testing capabilities, allows fast development, customization and database development. TenCate’s extensive experience in thermoset and thermoplastic matrices, numerous composite fibers and part design are ways the company provides customer value. Well-established in the industry for providing enhanced fiber and resin solutions, TenCate supplies innovative customer-oriented products to the market.
TenCate’s recognized brands include:
TenCate’s wide-ranging advanced composite materials product varieties include:
- Film adhesives
- Thermoset UD tape and prepregs
- Thermoplastic UD tape, prepregs and laminates
- Bulk molding compounds (BMC)
- Resin transfer molding (RTM) resins
- TenCate AmberTool® prepregs
TenCate Advanced Composites has recently acquired Performance Materials Corporation (PMC) and its subsidiary division, Baycomp. Both PMC and Baycomp hold a niche market in the thermoplastic composites industry. With this latest acquisition, TenCate has now extensive thermoplastic composites experience with global manufacturing capabilities.
About Tencate Advanced Composites
TenCate is a multinational company that combines textile technology with related chemical processes.
- Safety and protection
- Sport and recreation
- Infrastructure and the environment
TenCate has divided these segments into the eight divisions:
- Space Composites
- Aerospace Composites
- Industrial Composites
For additional technical information, please contact TenCate by email at [email protected].
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