Thermoplastic Tapes

Thermoplastic Tapes

Evopreg® thermoplastic tapes are a family of materials suitable for automated tape laying, winding and compression moulding

Evopreg® thermoplastic tapes provide outstanding mechanical performance, rapid & clean manufacturing processes, low waste and the potential for easier recyclability at end-of-life.

Much like traditional thermosets, Evopreg® thermoplastic tapes can be processed in several different ways. However, unlike thermosets, the processed parts can also be post-formed to create more complex shapes.

Additionally, our thermoplastic tapes can be stored almost indefinitely, compared to the limited shelf-life of pre-impregnated thermoset tapes.

Advantages:

  • Rapid processing
  • High automation levels possible
  • Flexible, multi-stage processing is possible – excellent for hybrid structures, inserts and over-moulding
  • Excellent impact resistance
  • More controlled – no chemical reactions or storage issues
  • Improved recycling possibilities

Products

Evopreg® thermoplastic tapes are manufactured using our proprietary hot-melt process, developed by our in-house team of engineers. They are designed for a range of applications and processing methods.

Evopreg® thermoplastic tapes exhibit a high strength-to-weight ratio and is well suited to a variety of applications where strength and toughness are required.

Evopreg® PA

Unidirectional carbon fibre / PA6 Thermoplastic Tape

Evopreg® PA is a range of thermoplastic tapes manufactured from polyamide-6 (PA6) polymer with unidirectional fibres and is suitable for automated tape laying, winding and compression moulding into high-performance, lightweight components.

Evopreg® PP

Unidirectional carbon fibre / PP Thermoplastic Tape

Evopreg® PP is a range of thermoplastic tapes manufactured from polypropylene polymer with unidirectional fibres and is suitable for automated tape laying, winding and compression moulding into high-performance, lightweight components.

Toll Manufacturing

Full service toll manufacturing and short runs of bespoke products

Whether it’s toll manufacturing, or working with our Research & Technology team to create something bespoke, our aim is to be a responsive and supportive partner to help you best exploit the benefits of composites.

Evopreg® PA Evopreg® PP
Description Polyamide-6 (nylon-6) reinforced with continuous (unidirectional) fibres Polypropylene reinforced with continuous (unidirectional) fibres
Fibre mass fraction 42 – 62%
Thickness 0.18 – 0.23 mm
Width 6.25 – 235 mm
Length Up to 1 km

Processing

Evopreg® thermoplastic tapes can be processed using standard techniques including winding, compression moulding, automated fibre placement (AFP) and automated tape laying (ATL).

Applications

Evopreg® thermoplastic tapes are suitable for a wide range of markets and applications including flexible pipes for the oil & gas and water transport industries, pressure vessels, hydrogen storage tanks and compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks, and selective reinforcement of components.

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