The technical textiles manufacturer Porcher Industries SA, Badinières/France, presented new market specific technical textile and thermoplastic composite solutions at JEC World 2018, March 6-8, 2018.
As the composites market pursues automated processes for high-rate production, Porcher’s Dry Fiber offers a new way of processing materials Out-of-Autoclave (OOA). Dry Fiber is a versatile range of carbon fiber functionalized with a binder interface. Optimized for AFP-made preforms for thermoset resin infusion or injection, Dry Fiber provides similar component properties to conventional prepreg stacking, enabling the high speed production of complex shaped parts with outstanding buy-to-fly ratio. The technology uses a cost-effective one-step-process to impregnate the fiber. As a result, Dry Fiber can be produced in flat calibrated width for AFP or rounder non-calibrated formats for winding, with a variety of different fiber material weights, binder chemistries and binder rates available on request. Other features include 100 % continuous fiber with no splices with good steering in high curvature AFP lay ups; no need for paper or film interleaves meaning less waste and risk of fuzzing; good epoxy resin compatibility and a long shelf life.