Fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites manufacturer LANXESS
has expanded and optimised its composite range of Tepex flowcore materials for numerous variations of the compression moulding process.
LANXESS expands Tepex flowcore composite range No additional injection moulded material was used to produce the ribbing on the demonstrator model. It is made entirely from compression-molded Tepex flowcore.
The new composites are designed as alternatives to thermoset sheet moulding compounds (SMCs). With mechanical performance, these materials are now more ductile and recyclable. They are also easier to process, according to Sabrina Anders, Project Manager for Tepex flowcore at LANXESS’ High Performance Materials business unit, because they are moulded and shaped using only thermal means: “We are targeting Tepex flowcore primarily at large underbody panelling components and load compartment wells for cars, but also at components such as large casings and battery covers,” Anders said.
Tepex flowcore has already been used in series production in