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Toho Tenax develops super-heat-resistant prepreg with glass-transition temperature exceeding 320 Degrees

News International-French

6 Nov 2014

Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibers and composites business, announced its development of a new prepreg, or carbon fiber sheet pre-impregnated with matrix resin, that offers super-high-heat and -oxidation resistance suited to automotive and aircraft engine compartments.

The new bismaleimide resin pre-impregnated prepreg does not reach glass-transition below 320 degrees thanks to Toho Tenax’s original resin-formulation technology. It also maintains oxidation resistance without heat cracks under continuous use in the range of upper 200 degrees.

Prepregs, which are used as intermediate materials of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs), are generally impregnated with lightweight high intensity epoxy resin. Conventional bismaleimide resin-impregnated prepreg has been already used for high-temperature applications such as automotive and motorbike engine compartments, but it degrades due to resin oxidation after continuous use at high temperatures, including the formation of microcracks after repeated heat expansion and contraction.

Toho Tenax, which has been developing technologies for new prepregs suited to aircraft, is now expanding the scope to include other high-heat applications, such as automotives.

To further expand its carbon fibers and composites business, Toho Tenax also intends to develop CFRP technologies to explore new applications in downstream industries, including materials for structural parts.

About the Teijin Group:
Teijin is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY784.4 billion (USD 7.7 billion) and total assets of JPY 768.4 billion (USD 7.5 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.