Latent Acid Catalyst for the manufacture of a Fire Resistant SMC
Sheet moulding compound (SMC) or sheet moulding composite is a ready to mould fibre-reinforced resin material primarily used in compression moulding. This is manufactured by dispersing long strands (>1”) of chopped glass fibres in a bath of resin. CSR enables the production of a Phenolic SMC which combines the handling & moulding characteristics of traditional polyester SMC with the superior fire resistance of Phenolic resin. This is a significant development which for the first time brings an easy processing, inherently fire resistant SMC to the mass market.
Some of the benefits gained from using CSR within SMC:
- Easy to mould fire resistant SMC
- No need for specialised shipping and storage facilities
- Retains excellent stability at ambient temperature