Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CRP)
WIC - CARBON FIBER COMPOUNDS Lighter, stronger, sustainable
WIC products are carbon fiber based high-performance plastics with a very attractive cost-benefit ratio.
WIC compounds, made from recycled carbon fiber sheets, have excellent mechanical properties whilst also being low density, and therefore, low weight. This particular strength means the material is ideal for lightweight applications. It can help, for example, to produce lighter-weight cars with lower CO2 emissions, and lighter equipment and devices in more convenient shapes. Another interesting characteristic of WIC products is that they are very good at conducting electricity. This means that electrostatic charges can be avoided and it can be used, for example, in explosion prevention applications.
PA66, PA6 and PP based WIC compounds are now classed as standard products. Application specific solutions with other polymer bases or filler blends can be developed. In addition to their special properties and lightweight potential, WIC products provide interesting cost savings in comparison to high-fill fiberglass compounds when the volume/piece price is taken in account.
• Cars – front-end carrier, engine cover, engine mount, fuel filter mount, crossbar, GOR, cowl, mirror mount, gas cap hinge arm, tailgate, glove compartment, airflow fin, central console support, seat components, door components, shelf support
• E&E – industrial vacuum cleaners, lamp housings, fan propellers, power tools, ATEX filters, wheels and transport boxes, EMI/ ESD components
• Sport & leisure – surfboard fins, paddles, kiteboard foils, air pumps, drink bottle holders, bike shoes, scooters, drones, ski boots, snowboard/ski bindings
• Medical technology – orthotics, prosthetics, walking frames
• Industrial – wind turbine blades, device cases, guide rails, antistatic transport containers, holders, grabs, mounting systems, filter housings
WIC – carbon fiber compounds:
advantages at a glance
• Low density => lightweight construction
• High fixity/ rigidity (potential metal substitute)
• Good electrical conductivity
• Good resistance to wear and tear
• High dimensional stability
• Design freedom