Polyurethane Solutions for the Composites Industry
Today's composites market offers a wide array of resins, processes and technologies to fabricate composite parts. It also presents numerous challenges to both fabricators and manufacturers - most notably, styrene emission regulations and the constant pressures of cost, improved productivity and higher performance.
Product designers, manufacturers and composites fabricators increasingly view polyurethane resins as another option for the design and fabrication of a variety of composite parts. Polyurethane resins can be used closed-mold and open-mold processes that produce no styrene emissions. In markets as diverse as transportation, off-highway equipment, marine, lawn and garden and specialty applications, polyurethane RIM materials offer the ability to produce high-quality composite parts with a wide range of physical properties.
Bayer MaterialScience LLC, a polyurethane resin supplier and a supplier member of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) [link to http://www.acmanet.org/index.cfm], offers the following information about polyurethane resins and technologies for the fabrication of composite parts. An established polymer technology, polyurethane resins are a viable option for composite fabricators to expand their current operations and grow their businesses.
Through the application examples on this web site, as well as technical papers and numerous case studies, you can learn more about the benefits, versatility and potential uses of polyurethane technology in composites.
Additionally, if you don't find an application similar to yours in this information, don't assume that polyurethane technology is not an option for you. Many of the composite parts you will read about here were new product designs or first-time uses of polyurethane technology. Your product could be the next new use of polyurethane resins, allowing you to successfully bring your new or enhanced product to market.