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polyurethane

Polyurethane prepregs for
cost-effective lightweight construction
For the first time ever, polyurethane (PU) prepregs suitable for
storage can be both produced and processed on an industrial
scale. These materials offer a cost-effective alternative to epoxy
prepregs as they deliver components with comparable mechanical
properties at significantly lower production costs.

T

he prepreg method is one of the established fibre composite manufacturing processes that also include
hand lay-up, infusion, resin transfer
moulding (RTM), pultrusion, filament
winding and the sheet/bulk moulding compound (SMC/BMC) process.
Prepreg is short for "pre-impregnated
fibres." The process comprises two stages.
In the first, rovings and fabric made of
glass and/or carbon fibre are impregnated with a reactive resin in a dip tank in
a continuous process. The wetted fibres
then undergo thermal conditioning and
consolidation before being transferred to
a storage-stable state where they are not
fully reacted (B state), wound onto rollers with separating foil and put into storage. In the second stage of the process,
the component itself is produced. The
prepregs are cut to size then pressed into
the required shape in a mould, generally
at an elevated temperature.
The benefit of the prepreg method
is that, unlike RTM technology for
instance, the separation of fibre impregnation and the pressing process makes
it possible to produce components with

extremely high, reproducible and consistent mechanical qualities. That said,
the relatively high manufacturing costs
that result from the two-stage process
are a drawback. In addition, commonly
used epoxy resin prepregs need to be
stored in freezers at temperatures down
to -18°C so that they do not gradually
react prematurely and become unusable.
Although epoxy systems that remain stable at room temperature for a longer time
are available, these are more expensive.

Two-stage curing reaction
with polyurethane
So far, aromatic polyurethane systems
have not been used in prepreg manufacturing as it was not possible to stop
the reaction between the resin starting
materials - isocyanate and polyol - at a

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defined point in order to obtain prepregs
with fully wetted fibres that are suitable
for storage. Covestro has now succeeded
in doing just that with its new casting
resin system from the Baydur® product
family. This system is based on polyurethane raw materials with varying reactive
OH functionalities. A special wetting
technology was developed using an
injection box (see Figure 1) that enables
the polyurethane reaction systems to be
thinly applied and the fibres completely
impregnated. The new polyurethane
prepregs based on aromatic isocyanates
can be stored at room temperature for up
to 30 days without reacting any further.
As production trials with development
partners have shown, these can be
manufactured on an industrial scale with
consistently high levels of quality.

Fig. 1: The injection box developed for the new polyurethane casting resin system enables reproducible,
controlled reinforcing fibre impregnation without air bubbles (Photo: Covestro)

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015

Cover
Edito
Point of view: The future of mass production
Contents
Companies & Business
In brief
Agenda of Events
Applications
Music - An innovative resin for the music industry
Sports & leisure - New quartz fibe prepreg material for a watch
Market
Asia - China & India: two demographic giants in very different composites markets
Industrial property - Statistical patent analysis for composite material shaping
SPECIAL JEC ASIA
15th International JEC Conferences
JEC Asia Innovation Awards Awards 2015
Education - Successful advanced composites projects in Singapore
Process - Reduction of cure cycle time through microwave curing
FEATURE
Propeller - Interchangeable motorboat propel-ler blades made of composites
Revival - The world’s fastest sailing yacht
NDTNon-destructive testing of composites benefits boat acing
Fast boat - A new generation of fast, fuel-efficient boat
Bonding - Primerless structural adhe-sives gain DNV-GL approval for marine applications
Core material - Rowing solo across the pacifi in a 24-foot boat
Research & Development
Damage - Prediction in- and out-of-plane damage in fibe-reinforced composites
Recycling - Using steam thermolysis to recycle carbon fibes from composite waste
Technology & Innovations
Thermoplastic - Easy handling, high- performance thermoplastic solutions for composites
Permeability - Why measure permeability?
Polyurethane - Polyurethane prepregs for cost-effective lightweight construction
Pipe - A new standard in multilayer composite pipe productivity
Index
In the world
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Point of view: The future of mass production
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Contents
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 7
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - In brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 9
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Agenda of Events
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 11
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Music - An innovative resin for the music industry
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Sports & leisure - New quartz fibe prepreg material for a watch
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Asia - China & India: two demographic giants in very different composites markets
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Industrial property - Statistical patent analysis for composite material shaping
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 15th International JEC Conferences
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - JEC Asia Innovation Awards Awards 2015
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Education - Successful advanced composites projects in Singapore
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 48
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Process - Reduction of cure cycle time through microwave curing
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 52
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Propeller - Interchangeable motorboat propel-ler blades made of composites
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 54
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Revival - The world’s fastest sailing yacht
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 56
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - NDTNon-destructive testing of composites benefits boat acing
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 58
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Fast boat - A new generation of fast, fuel-efficient boat
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 60
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Bonding - Primerless structural adhe-sives gain DNV-GL approval for marine applications
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Core material - Rowing solo across the pacifi in a 24-foot boat
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Damage - Prediction in- and out-of-plane damage in fibe-reinforced composites
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 65
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 66
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 67
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Recycling - Using steam thermolysis to recycle carbon fibes from composite waste
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 69
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 70
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 71
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Thermoplastic - Easy handling, high- performance thermoplastic solutions for composites
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 73
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 74
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Permeability - Why measure permeability?
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 76
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 77
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Polyurethane - Polyurethane prepregs for cost-effective lightweight construction
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - 79
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Pipe - A new standard in multilayer composite pipe productivity
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #100 - Special JEC Asia - October 2015 - In the world
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