DSM partners with PlastiComp to develop long fibre thermoplastic composites
Royal DSM, the Dutch global Life Science and Materials Sciences company, signed on October 2, 2013 a partnership agreement with US PlastiComp, Inc, based in Winon, Minnesota (USA) in order to co-develop new innovative bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT)
The LFT will be based on DSM EcoPaXX® Polyamide 410 that derives to 70 % from renewable resources, and PlastiComp brings expertise in LFT composites design and manufacturing. Initial compounding, molding and testing of carbon-fibre reinforced EcoPaXX was successful in establishing benchmark composites for high temperature (up to 200°C) and structural applications.
The LFT composites DSM is co-developing with PlastiComp includes compounds reinforced with glass fibre as well as with carbon fibre and with a much improved LCA Life Cycle Analysis score, than Thanks to carbon neutral cradle-to-gate footprint of the EcoPaXX polymer. These composites are well suited to weight optimisation efforts in the automotive industry for fuel savings and lowered emissions.
The two partner companies will also collaborate with potential customers to design injection-molded composite parts. They will employ computer aided engineering (CAE) tools to ensure optimised fibre architecture to meet stringent requirements for dimensional tolerances, surface finish and high temperature properties.
The principal focus lays on automotive applications. The composites that DSM and PlastiComp are developing are also attractive in other metal replacement applications. Grades can, for example, leverage material characteristics such as electro-magnetic interference (EMI) shielding for electronics, and radio-lucency in X-Ray applications, thereby enhancing the value of light weight, high performance, and metal substitutions.
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