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Hexcel’s Prepreg System Finds Use in Rassini’s Vehicle Suspension Systems

Published on 2021-07-30. Edited By : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Automotive     High Heat Materials     Thermoplastic Composites   

hexcel-rassini-suspension-systems Hexcel announces that its HexPly® M901 prepreg system has been selected by Rassini, a Mexico-based producer of composite vehicle suspension systems, to speed up prototype and new product development cycles, reducing overall time to market with an easy to process material solution that enables effective early-stage design screening and cost-effective production.

Simple Processing, High Performance

As a specialist in the mass production of composite helper leaf springs for various leading OEMs, Rassini continuously develops innovative new suspension component designs. Due to cost and timing, however, these new products cannot easily be prototyped using conventional high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) technology.

In addition to having an important role in the new product development cycle, HexPly M901 also offers significant advantages for lower volume serial production of composite mono leaf springs. Combining mechanical performance that is approximately 15% higher than standard prepregs with enhanced fatigue properties and a Tg of up to 200˚C following post-cure, HexPly M901 sets a benchmark for performance.

Hexcel developed its high-performance HexPly M901 prepreg system specifically for this type of application. HexPly M901 combines the right level of structural performance required with simple processing, providing Rassini with a reliable material solution optimized for rapid development and fine-tuning iterations.

Prepregs for Structural Components

HexPly M901 is a high Tg epoxy resin prepreg system specifically developed for structural components that will be exposed to harsh thermal and environmental conditions. With short cure cycles of 10 minutes and below producing excellent green, or handling, strength of the composite part for demolding and unidirectional glass fiber aerial weights up to 1,600gsm, HexPly M901 delivers a powerful combination of benefits for suspension component applications.

Claude Despierres, VP sales and marketing – industrial at Hexcel, said, “We are very proud of our highly innovative developments with partners such as Rassini that allow us to continuously improve our product range, address our customers’ needs and optimize our composite material solutions for each application.”

Source: Hexcel

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