AOC have announced its new resin Firepel K120, a new resin system which is halogen-free, fire-retardant and produces lighter weight composites.
Firepel K120 uses a unique intumescent technology that meets fire performance requirements, uses sustainable technology, and does not require antimony or aluminium trihydrate, this makes the product suitable for in mass transportation applications due to the reduced weight and fire-retardant qualities. Parts using K120 have a potential weight savings of up to 30% compared to standard composites using antimony or ATH.
Fletcher Lindberg, Business Manger, Open-Mold Reinforced Resins said;
When developing Firepel K120, we wanted to utilise halogen-free technologies to create the highest fire-retardant and low-smoke characteristics possible, and because the resin’s excellent performance is achieved without ATH, Firepel K120 has a much lower specific gravity than ATH-filled composites, which makes it easier to process than traditional systems. As an added benefit, tensile properties are higher with K120.
Initial applications for Firepel K120 are in fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites for mass transportation railcars, buses and vans. Typical candidate components include:
- arc barriers
- cab fronts
- nose cones
- driver control desks
- interior wall panels
- exterior cladding
- seat shells and tables
- handles and head supports
- flooring and ceilings and
- ventilation ducting