Horst Peterhans Launches Book About RTM

may 14 2012

Horst Peterhans is one of the major Brazilian references in the RTM process. Besides being responsible for the introduction of this technology in the country in 1985, when he headed the engineering department of Tecnofibras, he conducted dozens of projects that led to the production of more than 1 million parts – the consumer, almost always, was the automotive industry. Now, all this experience can be found in the book “Resin Transfer Moulding – RTM,” which has just been released by the publisher Nova Letra.

Obviously, there are thousands of tips about raw materials, molds and precautions throughout the production in RTM. However, the difference lies in the smart, acidic and often amusing way that the author combines a scientific approach with his experience. It is not an autobiography, but it is close to it in several parts. There is room for regrets, criticisms and even tributes to the competitors faced by Peterhans during the 35 years he worked at Tecnofibras – since 2010, he is a consultant at Mastergel Compositos.

“I know I may not always be right, but I hope the book contributes to the uniformity of RTM in Brazil. Until now, every company that decided to adopt it has created their own rules, which often prevented us from obtaining the best results and, consequently, hindered the evolution of such productive system in the country,” he says. According to the Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO), RTM accounted for only 18% of the total composites processed in Brazil in 2011 – the manufacture in open molds accounted for 51%.


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