Endeavor Composites, Inc.; a spin off from exclusively licensed technology of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); is implementing an innovative mixer system for the hydroentanglement process that offers several advantages over the current fiber dispersion techniques. The innovation evolves around the ability to disperse long (one to one and half inch) carbon fiber (CF) to produce, in a continuous scale, defect free non-woven mats and preforms with excellent quality control (density std. deviation bellow 3%).
The rise of carbon fiber reinforced composites due to its high strength to weight ratio, created an abundant amount of scrap fibers and recycled fibers. A call for solution to prevent the waste of said fibers materialized through the work of Endeavor Composites, Inc. to transition it into long fiber non-woven mats.
The automotive industry has an increased demand toward light weight material, with the push to increase the millage per gallon efficiency. The success of this project will reflect in benefit for the increased demand and use of composites within the automotive sector essentially and the aerospace and marine industry down the line.
Endeavor Composite’s primary competition is other nonwoven manufacturers. Endeavor’s advantage is our higher production rates, defects free and higher quality control, ability to use long carbon fiber (double the length from what is available in the market today), ease of addition of functionalizing fillers to answer the needs for EMI applications.
Development of a state-of-the-art mixing system that can disperse long carbon fiber in aqueous media, allowing in turn to produce defect free nonwoven mats and preforms for use in fiber reinforced composites manufacturing.
Proof of concept on lab scale for the creation of long fiber nonwoven mats and their functionalization at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and basic mechanical performance. The next step is to scale up in a pilot line and built a broad data base for the mechanical and functional performance of the material.
Hicham Ghossein, PhD – Founder and President
“Innovative Method for Enhancing Carbon Fibers Dispersion in Wet-Laid Nonwovens.” Ghossein H; Hassen A; Paquit V; Love L; Vaidya U. Materials Today Communications (2018) 17 100-108. DOI: 10.1016/j.mtcomm.2018.08.001
“Processing and characterization of carbon fiber wet laid composites” Ghossein H; Vaidya U. CAMX 2016 - Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (2016)