AIREX® C51 - industrial processing foam

AIREX® C51 is a closed-cell rigid foam designed for utilization in sandwich components that are manufactured industrially in high quantities. The foam has a high ultimate strain and is also characterized by excellent impact strength and fatigue resistance. It can be formed to simple 3D structures at room temperatures but can also be thermoformed to more complex 3D structures. The increased temperature resistance allows manufacturing processes with short cycle times and fast-hardening resins or fiber-reinforced thermoplastic face sheets (GMT).

AIREX® C51 is a suitable core material for mass-produced sandwich products with static or dynamic load.

Applications
  • Rail and road vehicles (vehicle bodies, cabin roofs, wind deflectors, spoilers, superstructures, side skirts, covers)
  • Wind energy plants (generator casings)
  • Industrial components (containers, shelters, covers)
Properties
  • Extreme impact resistance (no brittle fracture behavior)
  • Increased short-term heat resistance
  • Cold and warm formable to 3D structures
  • Good fatigue resistance
  • Excellent adhesion
  • Low resin absorption
  • Excellent sound absorption and thermal insulation

Processing
  • Hand lamination / spray lay-up
  • GMT process
  • Thermoforming
  • Infusion
  • Resin injection (RTM)
  • Adhesive bonding
  • Pre-preg processing (up to 120 °C)

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