UDMAX Thermoplastic Composite Tape
Unmatched Tensile Strength
Sabic is introducing the new UDMAX GPE 46-70 tape, the newest addition to its expanding portfolio of UDMAX unidirectional fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite tape products. Commercially available worldwide, the new glass-filled high-density polyethylene grade is designed for reinforcing industrial applications, such as pipes and pressure vessels, offering unmatched tensile strength.
According to the manufacturer, this novel product has one of the highest glass content available in the industry today combined with optimal thermoplastic resin impregnation, thanks to Sabic’s proprietary high-pressure fiber impregnation technology (HPFIT). By using UDMAX tape to reinforce oil, gas and water pipes, boilers and storage tanks, customers can significantly increase mechanical performance while reducing weight and help improve corrosion resistance in the most demanding environments.
The UDMAX GPE 46-70 tape offers exceptionally lightweight and high strength and is a replacement for metal and other traditional materials. Featuring Sabics’s HPFIT that quickly and precisely enables the spread and combination of thousands of glass or carbon fibers with a thermoplastic matrix, the UDMAX GPE 46-70 tape has 70 wt. % fiber – one of the highest available today. “Maximizing fiber content can raise tensile strength up to 957 MPa, which in turn affects the burst pressure resistance of a pipe or vessel – a key performance indicator,” said Joris Wismans, technical director, Sabic FRT.
According to Sabic, reinforcing pipes and pressure vessels with UDMAX™tape offers designers new options for achieving desired performance. For example, the use of UDMAX GPE 46-70 tape can enable pipes to withstand higher loads, while reducing the number of tape layers for less-demanding environments, lowering overall weight for easier transport and installation.
SABIC Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
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