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Rassini (Mexico Metropolis, Mexico), a expertise chief in composite car suspension methods, has chosen Hexcel’s (Stamford, Conn., U.S.) HexPly M901 prepreg system to hurry up prototype and new product improvement cycles. Utilizing this technique, Rassini hopes to scale back general time to market and allow cost-effective manufacturing.
As a specialist within the mass manufacturing of composite helper leaf springs for OEMs, Rassini constantly develops new suspension part designs. Attributable to value and timing, nevertheless, these new merchandise can not simply be prototyped utilizing standard high-pressure resin switch molding (HP-RTM) expertise.
With greater than 15 years of expertise in delivering glass fiber prepregs for the serial manufacturing of composite leaf springs, Hexcel developed its high-performance HexPly M901 prepreg system particularly for this kind of software.
HexPly M901 is a excessive Tg epoxy resin prepreg system particularly developed for structural elements that can be uncovered to harsh thermal and environmental situations. With quick remedy cycles of 10 minutes and beneath, HexPly M901 reportedly delivers a mixture of advantages for suspension part functions. It produces inexperienced (i.e., dealing with) energy of the composite half for demolding and unidirectional (UD) glass fiber aerial weights as much as 1,600 grams per sq. meter.
Additional, HexPly M901 is claimed to supply important benefits for decrease quantity serial manufacturing of composite mono leaf springs. HexPly M901’s mechanical efficiency is roughly 15% increased than customary prepregs, with enhanced fatigue properties and a Tg of as much as 200˚C following put up remedy.
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