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Composites consist of at least two individual materials connected by a matrix material. These polyurethane systems are processed in combination with fillers and short, long or continuous fibers.

Find here an overview of the advanced composite systems developed by Covestro:

These systems can be used in a wide variety of applications and industries. Discover our key solutions for fiber-reinforced plastics and find out how they help to push the boundaries of what your products can offer.

Pultrusion

Baydur® Pultrusion: high stiffness and excellent insulation for doors and windows

In consideration of demographic change and an increasing awareness for sustainability, the construction of buildings requires strict insulation standards to improve energy efficiency. In many cities, buildings represent one of the sectors with the highest energy consumption.

Baydur® Pultrusion is a composite material made of polyurethane resin and reinforced glass fiber, produced by a patented pultrusion process. It can efficiently decrease the UVf value of doors and windows and also offers the possibility of improving the performance of door and window systems at a competitive costs.



Benefits of Baydur Pultrusion®

  • Outstanding thermal-insulation properties in combination with high stiffness
  • Excellent mechanical properties: high mechanical strength and high structural stiffness
  • Durability, stability, and resistance to corrosion
  • Environmentally friendly

Desmocomp®: top performance under the sun – with the right UV solution

Weather resistant
Weather resistant

Fiber-reinforced plastics have captured markets in which low weight, anti-corrosive properties, low maintenance, and very good mechanical properties are required and valued. Nevertheless, numerous outdoor applications still make use of aluminum, steel, wood, or concrete instead of high-tech composite solutions. Industries are looking for suitable lightweight outdoor solutions with reliable long-term UV- and weathering resistance.

Extremely flame resistant
Excellent flame resistance

Desmocomp® is a new aliphatic polyurethane resin matrix system for fiber-reinforced plastics with extreme UV-, weathering-, and flame resistance. It is designed for exterior applications that can protect composites from environmental influences, such as sunlight or salty climates. They can be processed in a simple and cost-efficient way using pultrusion technology, and show excellent mechanical as well as good fire resistance properties. UV stabilizers and protective coatings are no longer required. Desmocomp® widens the scope of polyurethane-based resins and opens up the way to new applications for fiber-reinforced plastics.

Strong and flexible
Strong and flexible

Benefits of Desmocomp®

  • Inherent UV-stability and weather-resistance
  • Flame resistance (class Bs1d0 in accordance with DIN EN 13501-1:2010-01, flat pultruded profile, 80 wt% glass content)
  • Easy processing of a one-component PU system
  • Simple processing with standard equipment
  • Rapid curing
  • Long pot life of a one-component polyurethane system
  • Chemical resistance and anti-graffiti properties

Infusion

Baydur®: strength and efficiency for the future of wind power

Wind power is among the most sustainable technologies for generating electricity and is achieving tremendous growth rates worldwide. Nevertheless, the full potential of this unique resource is far from being fully exploited. Wind turbines in the future must not only be ecological, but also economical. The Baydur® product family has been optimized for the production of wind turbine rotor blades. By using vacuum infusion technology, farm operators can finally catch up to the cost efficiency of conventional energies and exploit the windpower for the benefit of society as a whole.

Benefits of Baydur®

  • Fast mold fitting, low heat generation and minimal shrinkage
  • No need for post-curing
  • Shortens production cycle times
  • Cost savings thanks to efficient production
  • Improved mechanical properties, such as very low fatigue

Resin Transfer Molding (RTM)

Baypreg®: quick and effective protection for the automotive sector

Loading floor Mercedes E-Klasse
Loading floor Mercedes E-Klasse

By using weight-saving composite materials, the automotive industry meets challenges such as rising CO2 emissions, the increasing desire for mobility and scarcity of resources. In automotive lightweight construction, three-layer sandwich structures are used, with the upper and lower cover layer consisting of a fiber composite material. The 2K polyurethane system Baypreg® serves as a matrix material and encloses the fibers. Baypreg® also ensures the cohension of the bond between core and cover layer and serves as an effective protection against external influences. For its fast chemical reaction and the resulting short cycle time, it has become an established matrix material. Baypreg® is used for loading floors in trunks, hatracks, headliners and wheel covers.

Benefits of Baypreg®

  • Significant weight reduction combined with mechanical strength
  • High productivity with short cycle times through consolidation of production steps and integration of functions
  • Low emissions
  • Flexible surface design and excellent surface quality
  • Thermal and acoustic insulation through PUR core layer