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ACG to Present Shot Panels Produced Using MTM®248S Epoxy Resin Prepregs at DSEi Show

Published on 2011-09-07. Author : SpecialChem

Advanced Composites Group Ltd. (ACG), part of Umeco Composites Structural Materials (UCSM) - a division of Umeco plc, will be exhibiting on Stand No.: N6-571 at the DSEi show in the ExCeL centre, London between the 13th and 16th September 2011.

Prepreg products from ACG are used extensively in an ever-increasing variety of defence applications. These range from ballistic and blast protection systems in armoured fighting vehicles to structural components for vehicle, naval and aerospace applications, including: UAVs, radomes and communication dishes. The dismounted soldier is also well-provided for with advanced composite materials used in lightweight helmets and body armour.

To demonstrate its expertise in the ballistics arena, which encompasses vehicle and body armour applications, ACG will exhibit a number of shot panels manufactured using a hot press moulding technique with ACG's S2-Glass® reinforced MTM®82 phenolic resin and MTM®248S epoxy resin prepregs. These panels can be moulded to the requisite shape to manufacture spall liners which match the contours of the vehicle interior, thus increasing the protected area while reducing overall component weight. The materials are currently in full-scale production and ballistics protection parts have now been supplied for fitment to an in-service fleet of vehicles. ACG will also demonstrate how some of these materials can be used in structural blast applications by simply changing the processing technique.

ACG's extensive R&D facility includes a team dedicated to developing a wide variety of materials for specific customer needs. This activity has resulted in world-leading technologically advanced prepregs, adhesives and ancillaries which provide oven/vacuum bag and autoclave processing options. Customer, design and manufacturing support completes the picture, all of which can be seen on ACG's stand at DSEi this September.

About Advanced Composites Group

ACG specialises in the manufacture of high performance pre-impregnated (prepreg) advanced fibre reinforced composite materials. The Group's carbon fibre and glass fibre reinforcements, which are pre-impregnated with specially formulated epoxy, cyanate ester or bismaleimide resin matrixes, are used in woven and stitched fabrics or as unidirectional tape formats across a diverse range of industries. The Group also supplies elastomers, reusable vacuum bags, and a range of associated supplementary products.

ACG caters for all applications with prepreg materials that cure at temperatures as low as 40°C (105°F) for low cost structures and high performance prepregs capable of withstanding service at temperatures up to 350°C (660°F). Process technologies include standard autoclave, vacuum bag, out-of-autoclave (OoA) and press moulding.

Source: Advanced Composites Group

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