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'One-Shot' Resin Infusion Is Said to Save Time, Enhance Part Strength for Marine Composites
COLUMBUS, Ohio–Hexion Inc., together with DD-Compound, a manufacturer of innovative products to improve the carbon fiber resin infusion process, revealed a new "one-shot" manufacturing process for the marine composites market. The process combines a recently developed, low viscosity resin system from Hexion with the unique DD-Compound MTI® infusion process.
The new low exothermic, low viscosity Hexion resin system–consisting of EpikoteTM MGSTM Resin RIMR 235 and EpikureTM MGSTM Curing Agent RIMH 238–infuses in the ambient conditions typical of most marine production environments while maintaining high mechanical properties, Hexion said in a release. When the Hexion infusion system is used in conjunction with the new Boat Runner resin feed line, MTI® suction line, core material, and beams from DD-Compound, all fibers and core materials can be impregnated in a variety of layers without problems, in one shot, according to Hexion.
"Our novel resin formulation enables a complex infusion of a carbon/XPS foam reinforced marine structure, resulting in an extremely strong and light boat," said Ann Frederix, senior vice president, Epoxy Specialties, in the release. "Collaborating closely with our partners at DD-Compound and Wilson Custom Composites, we hope to transition manufacturers from higher cost hand lamination by demonstrating that this new approach yields the highest quality and a perfect carbon surface with increased efficiencies."
The new process and products are reported to have already been proven in a 40-foot offshore power catamaran, a P1 race boat, and Formula One race boats at Wilson Custom Composites.
Hexion (www.hexion.com), based in Columbus, Ohio, is a developer of thermoset resins. The company serves the global wood and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products, and technical support.
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