Thermoplastic resins in Aerospace – Teijin to Supply Tenax Carbon Fibre Thermoplastic Intermediate Material for Boeing Commercial Airplanes
- On February 1, 2019
- A new material supplier called Teijin is set to supply Boeing with thermoplastic unidirectional material for the creation of structural parts.
- Tenax TPUD achieves high heat, impact and fatigue resistances and helps to reduce production costs.
- It also helps to improve component manufacturing efficiency thanks to its shortened moulding process.
- South Coast Composites have experience with a huge variety of different materials, to suit structural and aesthetic applications including the use of thermoplastic polymers. Click here to get in contact and to find out more about how we might be able to help with your next project.
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Teijin announces that its Tenax carbon fibre and carbon fibre thermoplastic unidirectional pre-impregnated tape (Tenax TPUD) has been qualified by Boeing and registered in its qualified products list. This is an incredibly difficult feat for a material manufacture.
Teijin says it will supply Tenax TPUD (Thermoplastic Unidirectional Material) as an intermediate advanced composite material for primary structural parts for Boeing.
Since Teijin and Boeing signed a Qualification Agreement in June 2016, the two companies have been working on material qualification testing and the application study of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) for primary structure parts.
Tenax TPUD is a carbon fibre thermoplastic unidirectional pre-impregnated tape made with thermoplastic resin and achieves high heat, impact and fatigue resistances and helps to reduce production costs and improve component manufacturing efficiency thanks to its shortened moulding process. Teijin plans to begin commercial shipments of Tenax TPUD to Boeing approved parts makers within the next two years.
Supplying material to such large manufacture can take years of red tape, procedure and testing to ensure that the material being used and implemented is of sound decision, to ensure the safety, reliability, efficiency and performance of the parts being made.
Teijin focuses on the aircraft business as one of their growth strategies in it’s medium-term management plan for 2017-2019 and is intensively accelerating its development of mid- to downstream applications, such as cost-effective carbon fibres with higher-tenacity and higher-tensile modulus, intermediate materials including Tenax TPUD, carbon fibre thermoplastic consolidated laminate (TenaxTPCL), thermoset prepreg and non-crimp fabric.
Going forward, Teijin intends to further strengthen its carbon fibre and its intermediate material business as a leading solution provider for aircraft applications, targeting annual sales in this field in excess of USD 900 million by around 2030.
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