Trelleborg has developed a new lightweight fire-resistant carbon fiber composite in Europe.

According to the company, Soteria FR1500 is flame-resistant to +1500°C for up to seven hours, and has a cryogenic performance rated to 192°C. It has a density of 1.28 g/cm3 and reportedly offers protection against fire for up to seven hours, with trace smoke and toxicity emissions.

According to Kerry Lyons, global business manager at Trelleborg, the composite is suitable for electric vehicle (EV) battery boxes and enclosures, or as an alternative to aluminum for automotive and aerospace sandwich paneling. The sheets can be bonded or mechanically fastened to cover larger surface areas and machined to a specific shape using traditional cutting tools.

CFP Composites will be distributing the composite in Europe, Trelleborg said.  ‘CFP are excited to expand its strategic partnership with Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation,’ said Simon Price, managing director. We look forward to working closely with the team to provide FR1500 on short lead times, for applications in aerospace, automotive, marine and other industries.’

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