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BASF at JEC Composites Show 2013: to Showcase 2 RELEST® Wind In-mold Gelcoats & more

Published on 2013-02-27. Author : SpecialChem

With its many new exhibits, BASF is sure to draw the attention at the "JEC Composites Show" being held from 12 to 14 March 2013 in Paris, Hall 1.1, Booth G 17. One wind turbine and a blade profile, a fender demonstrator, a spoiler and a roof module will illustrate the wide spectrum of composite news. The new materials include a PET-based (polyethylene terephthalate) foam with the trade name Kerdyn® as well as new epoxy and PU (polyurethane) systems that can be used to produce composite parts by means of Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) processes. In addition, the BASF experts will be presenting coatings of wind turbine rotor blades.

Wind turbine rotor blades: Efficient and versatile processing

Protection from wind and weather with RELEST Wind In-mold Gelcoats

When it comes to coating rotor blades, resistance to erosion and UV radiation are essential. This protection is provided by the two RELEST® Wind In-mold Gelcoats from BASF. The semi-transparent two-component paint materials are very easy to sand and easy to use thanks to a colored hardener component with mixing control function. The integrated UV absorbers in the new generation prevent damage to the substrate from UV light.

The in-mold primer RELEST® Wind Gelcoat Transparent can be applied to a film thickness of up to 400 µm. RELEST® Wind ProcessCoat offers all of the benefits of an in-mold gelcoat at considerably lower usage. Both products are VOC-compliant (Volatile Organic Compounds) and easy to process. RELEST Wind In-mold Gelcoats are only one part of the extensive coatings assortment available from BASF for wind turbine rotor blades.

New PET structural foam

At the JEC, BASF will introduce for the first time a structural foam based on PET (polyethylene terephthalate). The new material with the trade name Kerdyn® is a high-performance foam supplied in form of panels that is used inside rotor blades, providing additional stability.

New infusion and structural adhesive systems

For vacuum infusion of ever larger rotor blades, BASF has developed the Baxxodur® System 5100 consisting of Baxxores® ER 5100 resin and Baxxodur® EC 5120 hardener. The company will also introduce a new epoxy resin-based structural adhesive system in Paris: the Baxxodur 4100 system consists of Baxxores ER 4100 adhesive resin and the standard Baxxodur EC 4110 hardener or alternatively Baxxodur EC 4105 for fast bonding.

Roof module, fender, spoiler - New composite materials for automotive light weighting

With the aid of its multi-material Lightweight Composite Team, BASF is intensively investigating composite concepts for the body and chassis of motor vehicles. The three plastic matrix systems based on epoxy resin, PU and polyamide, together with continuous-fiber reinforcement as well as high-volume processing by means of resin injection methods, especially RTM, provide the basis. Using a test component in the form of a carbon fiber-reinforced fender demonstrator, BASF will be exhibiting the new epoxy resin Baxxodur® System 2220 which was developed specifically for high-pressure RTM.

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $20 billion in 2011.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. BASF combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. BASF's products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. BASF have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: BASF create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year.

Source: BASF


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