New Hydrosize Carbon Fiber Sizing Solutions Provide Optimal Polymer, Fiber Adhesion

Press Release Summary:

  • Hydrosize® Carbon is a water-based sizing solution designed to allow carbon fiber manufacturers to optimize the interfacial adhesion between the polymers and the fibers by tailoring the surface chemistry of their reinforcement fibers to the chemistry of the matrix resin.
  • The product line includes the 200, 300, 400, and 700 series.
  • The various series of grades offer a wide variety of solutions depending on resin compatibility, fiber type, and desired composite performance.

Original Press Release:

Hydrosize® Carbon from Michelman Helps Carbon Fiber Manufacturers Improve Quality and Performance of Composites

For Immediate Release

CINCINNATI, OH (March 8, 2019) – Michelman’s new Hydrosize® Carbon fiber sizing solutions allow customers to leverage carbon fiber’s unique benefits and produce higher quality composite parts. Part of Michelman’s Hydrosize brand family of water-based sizing solutions, Hydrosize Carbon, allows carbon fiber manufacturers to optimize the interfacial adhesion between the polymers and the fibers by tailoring the surface chemistry of their reinforcement fibers to the chemistry of the matrix resin.

These various series of grades offer a wide variety of solutions depending on resin compatibility, fiber type, and desired composite performance.

Designed for polyamides including high-temperature applications, the Hydrosize Carbon 200 Series is APE, solvent, and VOC-free and is perfect for fiber reinforced nylon composites where greater thermal stability is required. Coolant pumps are a typical automotive application. Other benefits of these small particle size dispersions include excellent film-forming properties and high strand integrity.

Formulated for polycarbonates (PC) and other PC blends such as PC-ABS, the Hydrosize Carbon 300 Series produces good chemical resistance along with interfacial adhesion to polymer systems. Appropriate applications include laptop cases or other electronic components.

Their Hydrosize Carbon 400 Series include high-performance grades that can withstand the extreme processing temperatures that many high-temperature thermoplastics require. Appropriate materials include PEEK, PPS, PEI, and others used to produce various composite engine components. This Series exhibits excellent thermal stability, mechanical properties, and low creep. It is especially suited for chopped carbon fiber applications.

Finally, the Hydrosize Carbon 700 Series is formulated to improve the performance of carbon fiber reinforced vinyl ester composites and is perfect for under-the-hood applications. Its proprietary chemistry allows for increased adhesion between the carbon fiber and various vinyl ester compounds.

The Hydrosize Carbon Series will be prominently featured in Hall 5, Booth C34 at JEC World 2019. The show is being held March 12-14 in Paris.

About Michelman

Michelman is a global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials for industry, offering solutions for the coatings, printing & packaging and industrial manufacturing markets. The company’s surface additives and polymeric binders are used by leading manufacturers around the world to enhance performance attributes and add value in applications including wood and floor care products, metal and industrial coatings, paints, varnishes, inks, fibers and composites. Michelman is also well-known as an innovator in the development of barrier and functional coatings, as well as digital printing-press primers that are used in the production of consumer and industrial packaging, paper products, labels, and commercially printed materials. Michelman serves its customers with production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, product development and technical service centers in several major global markets, and a worldwide team of highly trained business development personnel.                         

 

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