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Dow Launches Epoxy Resin to Produce Composites for Lightweight Automotive Parts

Published on 2016-09-08. Author : SpecialChem

VORAFUSE™ Epoxy Intermediates for Structural Applications
VORAFUSE™ Epoxy Intermediates for Structural Applications

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan -- Dow Automotive Systems (unit of Dow Chemical Company) has developed VORAFUSE™ epoxy intermediates to support the growing popularity of lightweight materials. When combined with carbon fiber or glass fiber fabric, VORAFUSE offers improved handling and rapid cycle times for compression molding of composite parts for structural applications.

Epoxy-fiber Composites for Structural Applications

Epoxy-fiber composites offer competitive strength and stiffness at much lower density.

To be commercialized on a front roof header in 2016, VORAFUSE is designed to work in processes like compression molding to achieve fast cycle times. It can be cured in two to five minutes for high volume manufacturing and can be used to enable automated manufacturing solutions. A variety of fabric configurations will accommodate VORAFUSE, including unidirectional tape as well as woven, braided or non-crimp fabric at a range of areal weights.

Epoxy-fiber Composites

VORAFUSE™ Epoxy Intermediates for High-strength Parts

Available in two grades:

  • VORAFUSE™ P6300 resin system - designed for high volume manufacturing with no tack for robot handling of 2D and 3D pre-forms and compression molding. 
  • VORAFUSE P6100 - formulated to accommodate diverse manufacturing scenarios from autoclave to out-of-autoclave processing on lower-cost tooling for medium to low volume applications.

Allan James, NAFTA Composites Market Manager, Dow Automotive Systems, said:
OEM emissions and fuel efficiency requirements are expected to continue to increase, as is the implementation of lightweight materials. VORAFUSE™ epoxy intermediates support mass production of high-strength parts. Like other Dow Automotive materials, it can be customized to match different manufacturing and performance requirements for a variety of applications.

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About Dow Automotive Systems

Dow Automotive Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, is among the leading global providers of collaborative solutions and advanced materials for original equipment manufacturers, tier suppliers, aftermarket customers and commercial transportation manufacturers. Its materials focus includes structural, elastic and rubber-to-substrate adhesive solutions; polyurethane foams and acoustical management solutions; films; fluids; and innovative composite technologies. Offices and application development centers are located around the world to ensure regionalized technical, engineering and commercial support for customers and industry groups.  

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