NCC and Nexam Chemical Provide Solution for Using Composites in Extreme Temperatures

November 29 2021

The National Composites Centre (NCC), in collaboration with Nexam Chemical, has successfully manufactured a composite using a high temperature resin, providing a solution to the challenge of using advanced materials in components that need to withstand extreme temperatures.

The NCC’s interdisciplinary expertise in the fields of High Volume Manufacturing, Tooling, Design, Materials Science and Flow Simulation solved the manufacturing challenges existing at elevated temperatures and proved a composite part can be made using resin. This development paves the way for industry to take advantage of the unique qualities composites offer in elements that get very hot, such as sections of engines and the housing for electric batteries, which wasn’t previously possible.

Throughout their research, the specialist team used Nexam Chemical’s new resin system, NEXIMID. Produced in the UK, NEXIMID can operate at temperatures up to 400°C, higher than almost all other resin systems. NCC was able to keep the resin above 250°C throughout the injection process, allowing the resin’s high temperature capability to be combined with a high processing temperature for a final product that can cope with much higher temperatures than previous composites.

Throughout the process, the NCC, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, has also shown that the resin system is safe, not emitting the high levels of toxic gases that other Polyimide resins can.

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