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“With CFRTP we can tune for performance, aesthetics and economies of scale, and therefore can make products in many industries more powerful, allowing them to reach more consumers.”
Dr. Michael Schmidt

CFRTP Tapes & Sheets

CFRTP composite solutions from Covestro allow you to tune the world, customizing the material to your specific needs.

For tapes we combine strong fibers with the power and flexibility of thermoplastics. The results are composite uni-directional (UD) tapes that are nearly 120 micron thin, and can be laminated together at different angles to form sheets tuned to a specific performance objective.

For Sheets, we combine UD tapes at different angles to tune sheets for a specific mechanical performance parameter. These sheets look and sound like metal - but they have all the flexibility of a thermoplastic material.

Performance is at the heart of composites, and tunable strength, stiffness and thickness is CFRTPs soul.

Mechanically

CFRTP composites can be tuned to be as strong as metal, with a high specific stiffness and strength compared to magnesium and aluminum. Covestro continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic UD tapes & sheets give industries the material tools to push boundaries.

Mechanical Properties & Comparisons


  • Properties CFRTP Composite Carbon Fiber Magnesium Alloy Aluminum
    Specific Stiffness +++ +
    Specific Strength +++ +
    Warp-age Resistance ++ +++
    Light Weight +++ +
    Fatigue Strength +++ +
    Corrosion Resistant ++
    Transparent to X-Rays +++
    Fire Resistant ++ +++

  • CFRTP Composite Carbon Fiber Epoxy Based Thermoset Composites Carbon Fiber Magnesium & Aluminium Alloy Aluminium CNC
    Processing Temperature Medium Low Very High Low
    Shelf-life Long
    (store at room temp.)
    Short
    (store at low temp.)
    Long
    (store at low temp.)
    Long
    (store at low temp.)
    Recyclability Recyclable Difficult Recyclable Recyclable
    Cycle Time Short Long Normal Very Long
    Density (g/cm3) 1.5 1.5 1.8 2.7
    Total cost of finished parts Low High Medium Very High
    Surface 'A Class' achievable A Class' proven 'A Class' achievable 'A Class' proven
CFRTP composites bring designers a new premium material option and engineers tunable performance at scale.

Aesthetics

CFRTP composites sound and feel like metal, but offer designers the design freedom of plastics. And because they're based on thermoplastics, they can be thermoformed with existing thermoforming tools at high yield rates and short cycle times.

CFRTP UD tapes & sheets look amazing right off the production line but they can also be coated, embossed and even laser etched to create beautiful surfaces.

Finishing Options & Examples


  • Resin + Fiber Combinations

    Opaque black resin/ black fibre

    Translucent white resin/ black fibre

    Translucent grey resin/ gold fibre

    Textures

    In-mould VDI and Moldtech textures

    In-mould custom textures and patterns

    Sandblasting, CNC and laser cutting/ablation

    Coatings

    Paint and clear coat with optional AR/AF functionality

    Soft-touch coating

    IML

    Branding

    In-mould deboss/emboss

    In-mould matte/polished dual finish

    Printing

CFRTP UD Tapes & Sheets from Covestro give Industries the material tools to push boundaries.

Scalability & Versatility

To make continuous fiber composite materials a realistic solution for large-volume applications, processing costs need to come down. Luckily, Covestro thermoplastic composite solutions can be used with high yield rates and low cycle times.

This is vital when manufacturing scales can be in the range of millions of parts per year.

How does Covestro tune CFRTP composites?

What you need is an amazing solution that fulfills your mechanical & aesthetic requirements. We work with you to make it happen.

We work with you to make it happen.

The Covestro CFRTP Brochure

Find our brochure with the most important information.

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People need lighter & thinner products

Industries require materials that push the boundaries of what is possible to make their needs a reality. We believe our CFRTP composites are the solution. Designed for performance as well as scale.

Unfortunately, many of today’s advanced materials are built for limited runs and large size, making them too expensive to scale. For expensive racecars or giant wind blades they're great.

However, for millions of devices and cars, you will need a new solution.