Composite is a combination of different materials, in which the individual material properties reinforce each other in the end result. The basic materials of composite are a combination of a synthetic resin and a fiber. The fiber, for example from glass, aramid or carbon, provides the strength and rigidity of the material. The resin ensures the distribution of loads and the sensitivity of the composite to external factors such as moisture, chemicals and ultraviolet light. The resin is easy to use and can be processed with molds in any desired shape.
Heat is required for the production and processing of these composites. The heat is excellent with infrared lamps. Heating the composite can therefore be used for various purposes.
- Gluing together the different layers that make up the material
- Drying the coating before finishing, for example, for making sheet material but also in the production of composite pipes.
- Heating for deforming the material.
- Heating the material to make it more flexible for after processing
Production of tubes
IR radiant heat is used for the production of composite tubes. We have developed a special infrared tunnel for the tubes, through which the tube can be fed. The infrared lamps are placed around inside the tunnel. As a result, the pipe is irradiated everywhere and evenly heated when it is passing through the tunnel. It can be used for:
- A better flow of the caoting.
- To evapourate water out of the coating
- Heat up the tube to become much more flexible, so that it can be rolled up tightly, for example on a reel.