TFP has been developing materials for use in composites for over 30 years and offers a custom range of veils and mats specially designed for use in advanced composites.

Our OPTIVEIL®, OPTIMAT® and TECNOFIRE® nonwovens are used in a variety of industries worldwide, including aerospace, defence, automotive, construction, industrial, consumer electronics & energy. A key advantage of these materials is their multi-functionality; they can simultaneously fulfil a number of different purposes within a composite structure. These range from aiding fabrication, to providing a high quality finish and imparting required functionality to the composite surface.

Our nonwovens are designed to ensure process, system and application compatibility. They can be used with all common resin systems and fabrication techniques including RTM, RIM, compression moulding, filament winding, hand-lay up and vacuum infusion. They are also suitable for dynamic composite processing techniques, such as pultrusion, where gel coats are not suitable in order to achieve a high quality surface finish and resin rich layer.

Materials can also be adapted to ensure compatibility, this can mean selecting the most suitable polymer binder for the resin system and processing method. For example, insoluble binders are used to achieve high wet tensile strength while soluble binders increase the conformability of the nonwoven during processing. Typical binders include polyester, poly vinyl alcohol (PVA), styrene acrylic, cross-linked polyester, co-polyester, polyurethane, phenoxy and epoxy. Basis weight can also be tailored to suit the application requirements, and with a range from 2 g/m2 up to 400 g/m², there is plenty of scope available.

 

Composite Products

Abrasion Resistance

Imparting enhanced abrasion and wear resistance to composites.

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Adhesive Carrier

Our lightweight OPTIVEIL® nonwovens provide an effective support or carrier for adhesive films.

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Antistatic

Precise fibre blends to facilitate static dissipation.

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Composite Fire Protection

Integrated fire protection without structural compromise.

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Corrosion Resistance

Nonwovens which provide chemical resistance and prevent galvanic corrosion.

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Electrical Conductivity

Nonwovens which offer tuneable electrical conductivity for a wide range of applications.

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EMI Shielding

An effective, lightweight & practical solution for imparting EMI shielding functionality to composites.

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Fracture Toughness

Increasing composite fracture toughness by up to 400%!

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Surface Carrier

Providing an effective support architecture for composite reinforcements or other fragile materials.

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Resin Flow Media

Solving resin flow problems during composite fabrication…

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Surface Finish

OPTIVEIL® nonwovens provide a high quality, resin rich surface finish to a composite.

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