HexPly patches have fast curing self-adhesive properties that enable them to bond to metal in a one-step process.
HexPly patches have fast curing self-adhesive properties that enable them to bond to metal in a one-step process.

Hexcel says that its carbon prepreg patch technology has been selected as a finalist for the JEC Innovation Awards 2019 in the automotive category.

The company’s HexPly patches consist of uni-directional carbon fiber and an epoxy matrix with fast curing self-adhesive properties that enable them to bond to metal in a one-step process. In one example 500 grams of HexPly prepreg were added to the aluminum subframe, and the test results demonstrated a positive effect on improving overall noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) performance.

The technology is adaptable for thermal engine, electric or fuel cell vehicles, Hexcel says.

This story is adapted from material from Hexcel, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.