There are a number of components to any composite panel; the facing, the core and the adhesive to hold it all together. Each of these will affect the material weight, its strength and its performance characteristics. Generally, the faces are extremely strong and the core is lightweight and very much weaker, but with the use of an excellent adhesive the benefits of both can be realised. Epoxy Glass, Carbon and Aramid materials are used along with a variety of cores such as Aluminium, meta-Aramid and Foams to make stiff light panels. Custom panels can be made using UD, X-Ply and isotropic fibres as well as woven cloths.
A range of honeycomb cored panels is available. Aluminium or Epoxy/Glass or carbon skins can be combined with Corex 3003 aluminium honeycomb core. As a result they offer excellent strength to weight ratios at a competitive price. These can be provided in a standard size of 2400x1200mm or cut to size in varying thicknesses. Other dimensions are available subject to enquiry. The skin thickness can also be adjusted to meet the customers’ needs.
Nomex™ cored boards with a variety of skins can also be supplied. These are panels with Nomex™ high temperature resistant fibrous aramid honeycomb and either Carbon or Glass fibre skins. In addition to the weight saving advantage, these panels are characterised as self extinguishing in fire with low smoke emission making panels the obvious choice for fire or corrosion sensitive applications.
The ease of machining and the inherent flexibility of both cores mean that a variety of profiled shapes and contoured components can be produced. Panels may be supplied ready to paint or with decorative or hardwearing finishes bonded to them.
A large range of Rigid foams are available to be combined with Epoxy/Glass, Epoxy/Carbon or metal Skins. By choosing the correct combination of cores and skins the properties can be customised to customer requirements. Rigid foams such as Styrofoam extruded polystyrene, Polyurethane, Polyisocyanurate (PIR), Mineral fibre lamella, Phenolic foam, Diab,Syntactic,PVC etc can be used to combine the correct properties. These can be provided in a standard size of 2400x1200mm or cut to size in varying thicknesses. Other dimensions are available subject to enquiry. The skin thickness can also be adjusted to meet the customers’ needs.