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Dow Automotive Launches Ultra Fast Curing Composite Resins

Published on 2011-04-28. Author : SpecialChem

Schwalbach, Germany -- Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics are emerging as a strong technology able to address major industry needs (reduced CO2 emissions, increased fuel efficiency) delivering significant light weighting. Key challenges of CFRP remain the affordability for large vehicle builds and robust assembly technologies. Dow Automotive Systems is responding to these needs with a number of solutions to support CFRP as the new lightweight material. With VORAFORCE™ and BETAFORCE™ it launches a new generation of composite resins and adhesives that cover the material side as well as the joining aspect.

VORAFORCE™ are ultra fast curing

VORAFORCE™ are ultra fast curing composite resins with a demoulding time of below three minutes. With this Dow Automotive supports a mass production capable solution for CFK parts.

BETAFORCE™ adhesives complement VORAFORCE™ by providing the appropriate joining technology for Composite Parts with its unique properties by managing structural and flexibility aspects and enabling significant process improvements.

Another potential gap of CFRP structures is represented by completely different acoustic behaviour vs. metals. BETAFOAM™ acoustic cavity filling foam as well as the range of Dow Automotive Acoustic solutions (SPECFLEX™ and ENGAGETM/NORDEL™) offer another set of tools to manage specific acoustic issues from CFRP. Structural BETAFOAM™ helps to reinforce CFK structures to meet OEM crash requirements.

About Dow Automotive Systems

Dow Automotive Systems is a leading provider of polyurethanes, elastomers, films, fluids, adhesives, emissions solutions and acoustic-management materials to the global transportation industry. By working collaboratively with passenger vehicle, commercial transportation and aftermarket customers, Dow Automotive Systems is developing industry-leading solutions to address a wide range of critical market needs - increasing energy efficiency, improving safety and health, reducing exhaust emissions and enhancing vehicle quality and appeal.

Source: Dow Automotive Systems


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