In the coming days, SGL Carbon will be presenting material solutions and latest trends in the field of composite materials as well as graphite-based components for very different applications in the automotive industry at a trade fair tour. The fair program includes the Fakuma, international trade fair for plastics processing, in Friedrichshafen, the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) in Wolfsburg and the HärtereiKongress (Heat Treatment Congress) in Cologne. All three events will start on October 16, 2018.
The trade fair highlights of SGL Carbon at the Fakuma and the IZB:
In the field of lightweight construction with composite materials, SGL Carbon demonstrates reinforced thermoplastic profiles from a mixture of SIGRAFIL® 50k carbon fibers and Polyamid matrix, which are ideally suited for use in the automotive industry. One example are structural components in skeleton construction consisting of continuous, local fiber reinforcement and injection molding. The advantages of these profiles are, among other things, the application of automated processes without a preconsolidation step and the near-net shape production with minimal intersection. These characteristics enable cycle times of less than 75 seconds.
In addition to the well-known SIGRAFLEX® materials for the sealing technology, SGL Carbon presents the new graphite product range to support thermal management in passenger cars with SIGRATHERM® ePCM material, a graphite/phase change material with particular protection against leakage of the phase change material.
The graphite-based SIGRAFINE® materials, in turn, offer a wide range of possibilities for the efficiency improvement of coolant, fuel and vacuum pumps due to their low friction. Components and application examples are shown.
The additives based on expanded graphite called SIGRATHERM® GFG offer self-lubricating properties, thermal and electrical conductivity as well as temperature resistance. In addition, the material provides the advantage of electromagnetic shielding. At the Fakuma, SGL shows a wide range of graphite-based conductive additives from the SIGRATHERM® brand.
No electromobility without storage: In the field of application of energy storage, SGL Carbon provides graphite powders as high-quality raw materials for the anodes in lithium-ion batteries as well as SIGRACELL® electrodes and bipolar plates for redox flow systems. A selection of active materials and a redox flow battery stack with SGL components will be on display at the IZB.
The main focus of the SGL Carbon trade fair presence on the HärtereiKongress:
The production of many automotive components often requires high-temperature processes. In this area, SGL Carbon offers mainly carbon fiber-reinforced ceramics for furnace lining. The linings and insulations of SGL are also used in furnaces for heat treatment of metals. The newly developed material solution SIGRATHERM® HIP, with which high-pressure sintering furnaces can be equipped with a particularly durable and high-performance insulation, will be presented, among other things. To this end, SGL Carbon shows the material SIGRABOND® Sinter at the fair, from which optimized charging systems with particularly slender designs are produced to increase the process of sinter production.
In addition, SGL Carbon has expanded its capacity for the SIGRASIC® Performance and SIGRASIC® Standard material qualities for oil quenching. These carbon fiber-reinforced silicon carbide ceramics enable automation processes to be realized more easily and cost-effectively than with metal-based charging components.
The new range of services offered by SGL Carbon in the field of FEM (Finite Elements Method) simulations is also presented for the first time, which assists customers in optimizing their processes in the mechanics and computational fluidic modeling. The services also include the collection of exact material characteristics up to very high temperatures via the SGL-own central laboratory.
We look forward to seeing you at one or more of these fairs. You will meet us in the following halls:
Fakuma Hall B3, Booth B3-3132
IZB Hall 6, Stand 6134
HärtereiKongress Hall 4.1, stand e-061