The Universal Selection Source: Plastics & Elastomers

An innovative composite material has been developed that is thermoformable, impact resistant, lighter than carbon fiber, stronger than most plastics. It also enables short production cycle at lower temperature for cost reduction while being 100% recyclable.

New Self-Reinforced Composite Fabrics properties

The self-reinforced composite fabric's filaments consist of:
  • a highly oriented, high strength and high modulus core
  • specially formulated skin on surface for welding the filaments together in a compaction process using a hot‐press.

The structure and processing of the composite provides numerous properties to the composite part. These properties lead to a strong, elastic, durable, aesthetic, light and recyclable part that you can easily process!


STRENGTH AND ELASTICITY STRENGTH AND ELASTICITY DURABILITY DURABILITY
Up to 20% tensile module increase compared to ABS and PC
Up to 4 times yield strength increase compared to ABS and PC
2 times stronger than conventional PP fiber
2,5 times increase young's modulus compared to conventional PP fiber
Strain to failure increased by 3 compared to PC
Thermal shrinkage reduced by 2 compared to traditional PP fiber
LIGHTWEIGHT LIGHTWEIGHT AESTHETIC AESTHETIC
Weight 200 - 250 g/m2
Density 0,78 g/cm3
No increase in density while gaining a significant increase in properties!
Fine texture without any disturbance of the weave pattern
Twill or Plane pattern (100% regular)
Colored fabrics are available
The parts can be easily painted/decorated and present a mat or glossy finish
RECYCLABILITY RECYCLABILITY EASY PROCESSING EASY PROCESSING
100% and easily recyclable as it is made of high-performance thermoplastic fibers set in a matrix of the same material
Can be simply re-melted and re-moulded
Easy moldability by application of heat and pressure it can deform the cross section of the fiber axis
Self-bonding: no adhesives needed as it can be done by heat sealing method


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Case Studies from Self-Reinforced Composite Fabrics

Transportation components design: Get the right lightweight, high strength and recyclable material

The market of transportation components and parts is challenged by the growing requirement for high performance and lightweight elements, driven in large part by regulatory, sustainability pressure and fuel efficiency demands. 


However, the reduced weight should not come with a compromise on other properties like stiffness or processability. Today it exists a wide range of solutions likely to replace metal while insuring an acceptable level of strength. 


One pioneering self-reinforced material proposes a new combination of lightweight and strength, while insuring impact resistance and aesthetic possibilities. It also offers the advantage of complete recyclability.


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