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Project aims to realize prepreg substrate materials for automotive applications

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DIC announced that its project in partnership with the Fukui Seiren and Fujinsi County Industrial Technology Centre had been selected by the new Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) as the main research project for the Strategic Innovation Plan for fiscal year 2018. Energy-saving technologies (commercial development phase).The project focuses on the commercialization of fast curing prepreg for the manufacture of carbon fiber composites for automotive applications.

The NEDO program seeks to advance the development of technologies that will contribute to create an energy-efficient economy and society and/or improve the competitiveness of Japanese industry. The program selects and subsidizes technological development project with the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption. (Projects selected in fiscal year 2018 will be subsidized from fiscal year 2018 through fiscal year 2020.)

The project brings individual technologies by three specialists together; DIC’s radical-curing resin (cures in less than one minute at 150°C) that leverages its original polymer design technologies; the Industrial Technology Center of Fukui Prefecture’s tow spreading (processes fiber bundles into flat sheets) and high-speed prepreg processing technologies; and Seiren’s high-quality prepreg processing and quality management technologies. The goal is to develop fast-curing prepreg suitable for mass production that achieves both low production costs and high quality within the world’s shortest production time. The prepreg can also be stored at room temperature.

The project also includes the development of a high-speed manufacturing mass production process for commercialization and mass production of the new prepreg, which reduces the energy consumption required for production and molding and improves vehicle fuel economy by reducing vehicle weight. As a result, the project is expected to yield a 90,000 kl (crude oil equivalent) reduction in energy consumption in 2030.

In recent years, automakers have focused on reducing vehicle weight with the aim of boosting fuel economy. While this trend has driven a steady increase in the use of carbon fiber composite materials in vehicle challenges remain such as the final cost arising from expensive materials and slow molding speeds. DIC, the Industrial Technology Center of Fukui Prefecture and Seiren continue working together to achieve mass production of their new prepreg with the aim of overcoming this challenge and encouraging adoption by automakers. In doing so, the three organizations look forward to realizing a product that helps in further advance the popularity of carbon composite materials.

Application prospect of high temperature silicone fireproof cloth

High temperature silicone fireproof cloth, also known as silicon titanium fireproof cloth, smoke fireproof cloth, it’s composite multifunctional new product which is produced with special technology treatment of the surface of glass fiber cloth. It also has a wide range of applications.

Due to the stable chemical property, high temperature resistance and ablation resistance of silicone fireproof cloth, the product is widely used in aerospace, metallurgy, chemical industry, building materials, fire protection and other industrial fields. High temperature silicone fireproof cloth has compact structure, non-irritating, soft and tough texture features, meanwhile, it’s easy to cover on the uneven surface of the object and equipment, also can be used as the material of high-grade pipe and equipment insulation jacket. High temperature silicone cloth can well protect the object away from the heat and spark, and completely prevent the combustion or isolated combustion. High temperature welding fireproof cloth is suitable for welding sparks to withstand sparks, slag, welding spatter, etc., it will be used to isolate and block flammable and explosive dangerous goods and prevent fire in welding work.

High temperature silicone fireproof cloth is lightproof, while creating a safe, clean, standardized work space. High-temperature smoke vertical cloth is the ideal protective tool in large shopping malls, supermarkets, hotels and other public places, which is to isolate the workplace, separated working layer, blocking smoke to prevent the spread of fire.

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The market of silicone coated fiberglass fire blanket

In recent years, with the rapid economic development, there are more more high-rise buildings and large supermarkets, the risks of natural disasters are increasing. What’s more, with the rapid growth of urban construction, the high-performance fire-resistant emergency escape fire blanket, a 1 to 2 square meters of fire blanket, the volume is very small, it can be hung in the kitchen, living room and hallway, in case of fire, it can cover the fire immediately, and put the fire blanket draped over the head can become a refuge when escape from the fire, thus, the fire blanket with good market prospects.

There are many kinds of fire blanket, it can be widely used in the shipbuilding industry on the structure and repair of the ship; it can also be used in petrochemical enterprises of the metal structure, such as heat insulation, thermal insulation and welding, fire blanket is showing a very good protective adaptation. Fire blanket for hot work of large supermarkets, shopping malls, hotels and other public places of entertainment, such as welding, cutting and blocking, and to ensure the safety of life and property integrity. If it is compared with asbestos, there is no carcinogenic Risk. Because of the soft and toughness of the fire blanket, it is not only an ideal choice for the uneven objects and equipment, but also can replace the low temperature resistance fireproof fabric, what’s more, it is a very economical fire blocking layer and fire curtain. Fire blanket with different coating treatment, it can achieve different results, such as waterproof, wear-resistant, anti-corrosion, oil-proof, improve temperature resistance, and the time of temperature resistance and so on. The users should be based on the specific requirements of the use of appropriate fire blanket. If it is used in the cover objects and equipment, should choose soft and flexible fire blanket, such as fire cover cloth.

Silicone coated fiberglass fire blanket, which is sewing the silicone coated fiberglass fabric to fire blanket in different dimensions. Most of the fire blanket in the market is made of fiberglass fabric because of the high temperature resistance, the disadvantage is human body is itch sensitive to the glass fiber. For silicone coated fiberglass fire blanket, the fireproof silicone coating has covered the glass fiber effectively in case of the itch sensitive glass fiber to skin. Silicone coated fiberglass fire blanket, easy to carry, and safe for fire retardant.