Carbon fibres provide extremely high strength and stiffness with low weight, excellent electrical and thermal conductivity and higher heat distortion.
Tenax® short fibres are a high-tech product, significantly enhancing properties in thermoset and thermoplastic applications. Tenax® short carbon fibres are an ideal solution, thanks to their easy-to-handle bundle sizes and modifications that allow for use in high-temperature thermoplastics.
Tenax® short fibres come in two forms, as Tenax® chopped fibres or Tenax® milled fibres. They are available in a variety of sizes, for thermosets and thermoplastic resins or for water-based processes.
Tenax® chopped fibres are typically 6mm (¼") in length and are suitable for low and high-temperature thermoplastic injection moulding processes as well as batch pre-blends. They are also excellent for making plastics or other non-conductive materials electrically conductive, such as adhesives, resin systems and speciality paper. They can also be used in fuel cells, in cement or concrete reinforcement, in electromagnetic shielding or in other applications where enhanced chemical resistance is required. Chopped fibre grades for use with thermoset resins are designed to readily disperse into thermosetting systems under low shear mixing conditions. Like when used in adhesives, flooring, dry mixtures, etc. Water dispersible grades of Tenax® chopped fibres are available in lengths ranging from 3 mm (⅛") to 25 mm (1"). They are designed for use in any water-based slurry application, such as for paper or fleece.
Tenax® milled fibres are offered in lengths of 60 and 100 microns. The aspect ratio of individual fibres is sufficient to provide both mechanical reinforcement and electrical conductivity to polymer compounds. Components reinforced with milled carbon fibres are dimensionally stable and distortion-free. Typical applications include computer components, rapid prototyping, sealing, conductive flooring, and parts for electronic devices. Tenax® milled fibres are used in all resins, such as powders, dry mixtures, adhesives, aqueous dispersion systems and injection moulding compounds.