In response to the increasing demand for materials that are both light weight and able to withstand high levels of stress, Ticona has added continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites to its Celstran product portfolio. Celstran thermoplastic composites comprise a range of continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastics whose processing and properties can be adapted to special customer requirements. By using different thermoplastic matrix materials (PP, POM, TPU, PPS, PBT, etc.) and embedding various fibres (glass, carbon, aramid, stainless steel) along with the addition of additives, the material's properties can be tailored to suit specific requirements.
The broad range of continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) can be post-processed and formed using processing techniques such as winding or pressing.
Celstran thermoplastic composites are manufactured in a continuous process with unidirectional orientation of the reinforcement fibres with full impregnation. As a result, Celstran say that the prepreg tapes offer outstanding mechanical properties and good surface quality. At the present time, Ticona's standard portfolio includes 4", 6", 8", 10"-wide prepreg tapes. Individual solutions for special customer requirements are also possible.