Toho Tenax Launch new Carbon Fibre for Thermoplastic Applications

Toho Tenax are set to launch a Tenax carbon fibre filament yarn with a new tailored sizing for thermoplastic and high-temperature applications.

The commercialisation of Tenax-E HTS45 P12 12K 800tex and Tenax-E IMS65 P12 24K 830tex is planned for 2014 with both new fibre types being produced at the German production site in Oberbruch.

Both products are compatible with high temperature thermoplastics (PEEK, PPS, PEI, etc.) as well as for lower temperature matrices like Polyamide based systems (PPA, PA12, PA6, etc.). The P12 sizing also allows low viscosity and in-situ reacting thermoplastics to be combined with Tenax carbon fibre.

Both fibres can be processed easily into a variety of textiles like woven fabrics, multiaxial fabrics, commingled yarn and 3D fabrics. Furthermore, they can be used for pultrusion and prepregging processes. The new yarn completes Toho Tenax port-folio of short carbon fiber for thermoplastic injection moulding applications.

Based on these new specialised carbon fibers, Toho Tenax is manufacturing successfully thermoplastic unidirectional prepreg tapes. Tenax TPUD has already been selected for a variety of aerospace developments and industrial programs.