Arkema has launched its first range of liquid thermoplastic resins under the Elium brand, which is transformed at room temperature using the same processes as composite thermosets.
The material is recyclable, polymerize quickly and can be used to design structural parts as well as aesthetic elements in a number of applications including automotive, transportation, wind power, athletic equipment and the building sector. Composite parts made from this material are 30-50% lighter than the same parts made from steel, but offer the same resistance. When combined with Arkema Luperox peroxide initiators, for instance, the material can be molded into complex design forms for composite parts and suitable to blend with glass or carbon fibers. In addition, it is also compatible with conventional thermosetting resin processing technologies (Resin Transfer Molding, Infusion, Flex-molding).