Carbon fiber material has reduced carbon footprint

Sabic has launched a new bio-based, flame retardant carbon fiber reinforced compound which it says has a reduced carbon/energy footprint compared to similar products in the range.

For every 100 kg of compound, 21 kg of fossil-based materials have been replaced with bio-based materials derived from waste or residue, such as crude tall oil and hydrotreated vegetable oils, based on a mass balance approach, according to Sabic. The material was developed with over 50% of recycled content from post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin and pre-consumer recycled carbon fiber sources.

According to a life cycle analysis conducted by Sabic in accordance with ISO 14040/14044 protocols, LNP Thermocomp DC0041PE-7M1D145W compound can offer potential reductions in carbon footprint of up to 17% when compared to fossil-based materials in the range.

The compound also complies with the requirements of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, Sabic said.

Potential applications for this injection molding product include thin-wall parts, such as housings for consumer electronics, and components like surgical instruments that require good dimensional stability.

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