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Dow Introduces VORAFORCE TW 1100 Series Polyurethane Systems for Composites Fabrication

Dow expands its composites portfolio with the VORAFORCETM TW 1100 series of polyurethane systems developed for composites fabrication by filament winding, to enhance the existing epoxy systems offering.

This innovative high-performance series allow for continuous reinforcement and manufacture of cylindrical and conical structures as found in power and transmission poles, and offers enhanced toughness and robustness while enabling easy installation and maintenance. Visit Dow’s booth - K 19, hall 7.3. - at the JEC Europe 2014 in Paris from March 11 to 13 to learn how this new system can benefit you.

Composite Advantages in Infrastructure Applications
Specifically in infrastructure applications, filament winding composites offer significant advantages over the conventionally used concrete poles. Due to the light weight of the material, transportation is more efficient and installation becomes fast and easy. In case of severe weather events, composites offer improved reliability and maintenance thanks to their toughness. Product design and life, overall cost-effectiveness and durability are additional advantages of using composites in infrastructure applications.

In their JEC Technical Sales Forum presentation, VORAFORCE™ Epoxy and Polyurethane Systems Solutions for Filament Winding Composites, on March 11 - 2.30 pm, and March 12 - 10.30 am, Paolo Diena, R&D team Specialist Engineer at Dow, and Francesca Pignagnoli, Market Manager Industrial Composites at Dow, will elaborate on this topic. See JEC Forum website for more information.

Expanding the Range of Filament Winding Solutions
Dow VORAFORCE™ TW 1100 series enable full 110 KV composites pole winding capabilities and thus complement the available range of polyurethane systems for smaller poles, like 10 KV. In this application, VORAFORCE™ polyurethane systems help improve elongation, toughness, and crack resistance as compared to conventional materials and other type of resins.

Thanks to its fast reaction profile as well as excellent performance in secondary operations like cutting and drilling, polyurethane solutions may also offer more cost-effective production. In testing, the innovative Dow solutions demonstrated good processability and results also in critical manufacturing conditions with humidity. To complete the solution package, Dow has also developed a UV resistant finishing polyurethane system, which can be wound in a one step production process to create the final protection layer for the pole.

“Made to perform in demanding production environments, this new series with polyurethane resins round off the existing VORAFORCE™ TW 100 epoxy systems offering used for filament winding of pipe, tanks, pressure vessels and rollers,” explains Francesca Pignagnoli, Market Manager Industrial Composites at Dow, “Dow’s approach is to use its deep expertise and broad portfolio across multiple chemistries to tailor solutions for customers that best match the material and processing properties to the requirements of the market application.”

Advanced composites solutions from Dow can offer significant performance, efficient processing, and cost advantages for the fabrication of light, strong and durable composites as used in transportation, industrial, infrastructure, construction and wind energy markets. To learn more about Dow’s cutting-edge composite solutions and lightweight affordability visit us at stand K 19 - located in JEC hall 7.3.

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