Carbon-fiber sheet molding compound

  • 22-Apr-2013 01:06 EDT
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Magna International Inc.’s Magna Exteriors and Interiors (MEI) operating unit, along with Zoltek, offers a low-cost carbon-fiber sheet molding compound (SMC) through their global partnership. The jointly developed carbon-fiber SMC material uses Zoltek’s Panex 35 commercial carbon fiber combined with Magna’s EpicBlendSMC formulations and production knowledge. EpicBlendSMC EB CFS-Z, which is a part of MEI’s EpicBlendSMC product line, allows Magna to offer global manufacturers an expanded range of lightweight parts, subsystems, and semistructural applications for automotive as well as commercial truck and other markets. EB CFS-Z uses a proprietary vinyl ester resin system and chopped carbon-fiber reinforcements with nominal 25-mm (0.98-in) carbon fiber. Featuring a tensile strength of 191 MPa and flexural strength of 431.9 MPa, the compound is designed to mold and flow in a traditional SMC compression process, and it provides parts with low weight, high mechanical properties, and high heat resistance.

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