On the latest episode, we’ll be discussing Elium ®, the first liquid thermoplastic resin designed for manufacturing composite parts with mechanical properties similar to thermosetting. Our guests on the show are Dana Swan and Stan Howard from Arkema. Arkema is a specialty chemicals and advanced materials company headquartered near Paris, France. Their US headquarters is located in King of Prussia, PA. On this episode, we’ll be discussing the major advantages of Elium® which include it’s ability to act like a thermoplastic. This makes it uniquely designed for thermoforming, recycling and welding.
Some of its properties include:
- 30 to 50% lighter than the same parts made from steel with the same resistance
- Perfect for complex design forms
- Seamlessly blends with glass or carbon fibers
- Compatible with conventionial thermosetting resin transformation technologies (Resin Transfer Moulding, Infusion, Flex-molding).
- Styrene free compared to unsatured polyesters
- Parts easily thermoformed and recycled with comparable mechanical performance for epoxy parts
- Exceptional post-thermoforming (welding and gluing)
- Cost less to manufacture compared to other thermoplastic technologies
Thermoplastic infusion of the carbon fiber reinforced deck with Elium®
Thermoplastic infusion of the carbon fiber reinforced hull with Elium®