ROHACELL HERO is the latest addition to Evonik's ROHACELL polymethacrylimide (PMI) foam product line. It is designed for aircraft applications.

In a trial on an aircraft component, a composite sandwich structure design based on ROHACELL HERO was found to result in reduced manufacturing costs, and lower part weight, over a typical honeycomb cored design.

“No other core material offers such ease of processing in a wide variety of processes, including autoclave, resin infusion, RTM and VARTM," claims Dr. Kay Bernhard, Head of Research & Development for ROHACELL.

"With its heat resistance of up to 220°C, processing or curing temperatures can be increased higher than other core materials allow. This results in significant reductions in total cycle time and faster part manufacturing, which is beneficial for cost savings.”

The Ringier Technology Innovation Award for industrial manufacturing was established by Ringier Trade Media in 2006. It acknowledges companies which have introduced a new product or technology for manufacturing production efficiency, cost effectiveness or user convenience, which might result in energy savings and cleaner manufacturing in the composite materials industry.