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Composite Materials for
Defence & Ballistic StructuresLightweight composites for mobility & survivability.
CYTEC INDUSTRIES | INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS
• An extensive range of prepregs for use in ballistic, blast and structural applications
• Resin films for applications on ballistic structures
• Structural adhesives for applications on vehicles, shelters, pallets, and body armour
• Compatible vacuum bagging consumables product range
• Kitting capability for prepregs and vacuum bag consumables
• Customised vacuum bag solutions from one-shot use to reusable
• Tooling materials and design capability to support part manufacture
• Flexibility in manufacture, from small to large batch requirements in our European and USA facilities
• Worldwide manufacturing, design and technical support
• Commitments to short lead-times from all sites
Prepregs & Composite Materials
Benefits of Cytec prepregs include:
• Suitable for low cost vacuum bag processing, and press and autoclave moulding
• Offer a combination of good mechanical performance, toughness, and ballistic and blast protection
• Ease of use with a broad processing window
• Extensive mechanical databases available to support design optimisation
• Supplied across a wide range of fabrics and fibres, including unidirectional and cross ply unidirectional S, E and R-Glass, aramid, carbon, UHMWPE and nylon.
Cytec has a rich history in delivering solutions across an ever increasing variety of defence applications. Cytec’s prepregs, adhesives, process consumables and tooling are used extensively in the manufacture of ballistic protection systems, blast protection systems, and structural components in armoured fighting vehicles, military shelters and pallets, and in lightweight helmets and body armour.
Inside our extensive research and development facility you will find a team dedicated to developing materials for specific customer needs – resulting in world-leading, technologically advanced products.
Appliqué armour and spall liners applications on the UK MoD’s Warthog vehicle. Alpha Eagle aircrew helmet by Helmet Integrated Systems made with VTM® 264.
Composite Materials Product Selector Guide
Category Product Out Life (days)
Service Temp ºF (ºC)
Cure Flexibility Cure Method Tg (DMA
Onset) ¡F (¡C) Features
MTM® 248S 30 176 (80) 195-300 (90-150)
Press/Vacuum/Autoclave 212 (100) Epoxy, high adhesion levels,
MTM® 80S 30 480 (250) 284 - 320(140 - 160)
Press/Vacuum/Autoclave 610 (320) Phenolic, and excellent fire, smoke
and toxicity performance
MTM® 85S 90 167 (75) 320 (160) Press 176 (80) Phenolic, optimised for high pressure press moulding
The table below shows a sampling of our extensive portfolio of adhesive and surfacing products. Our adhesive systems provide excellent structural performance, durability and environmental resistance. Our surfacing products mould to a tough, sandable, paint-ready surface directly from the mould.
Tooling Prepregs Product Selector Guide:
The table below describes some of our available tooling materials. These materials offer the attractive combination of a low initial cure temperature and good out life. They can be cured in or out of the autoclave and provide a high-quality tooling surface finish with either curing method. Moreover, their level of tack is not too high which makes them very easy to work with.
VestGuard UK MAX-7 hard armour vest with plates made from MTM® 28. Structural epoxy prepregs for radar dish antennas.
Product Out Life (days) Min. Cure ºF(ºC) Available Formats Notes
VTF 266 30 149 (65) Supported/ unsupported film
Surface improvement film compatible with VTM®260 series prepregs. Moulds to a sandable, paint ready finish
VTA® 260 30 149 (65) Supported/unsupported adhesive film
Use VTM®/MTM® prepregs. Available with reinforcement carrier to aid placement or non-supported as a resin film
MTA® 240 30 176 (80) Supported/ unsupported film
Structural adhesive film; formulated for cure compatibility with many structural prepreg matrices
FM® 73 15-30 250 (120) Supported/ unsupported film
Structural adhesive film; formulated to bond metals and many composite systems
FM® 94 30 250 (120) Supported/ unsupported film
Structural adhesive film offering a combination of high-temperature performance, toughness, and moisture resistance
MTM® 248S 30 195 (90) Prepreg Bonding ceramic tiles, either in high-resin-content prepreg format or in resin film format
Product Out Life (days)
Min. Cure ºF(ºC) Cure Methods Tg ºF(ºC) Continuous Service
Temperature ºF(ºC) Notes
LTF318U 7 150-175 (65-80)
175-230 (80-110) before post-cure, up to 338 (170) after post-cure
up to 356 (180) after full post-cure
Surfacing film, compatible with either glass or carbon backing fabrics
LTS317 21 150-175 (65-80)
up to 257 (125) before post-cure, up to 338 (170) after post-cure
up to 302 (150)
Black-pigmented epoxy syntactic core material, compatible with either glass or carbon fabrics; used with vacuum bag-only processing, to achieve a high quality surface finish
LTM® 317-1B 21 150-175 (65-80)
194-230 (90-110) before post-cure, up to 338 (170) after post-cure
302 (150)Material used for bulk plies of the tool, compatible with either glass or carbon fabrics
DEFENSE & BALLISTIC STRUCTURES
Process Materials Product Selector Guide
Prepreg Product ºF(ºC) Bagging Film Release Film Sealant Tape Peel Ply Breather Flash Tape
Cytec offers a complete package of vacuum bagging process materials to support the use of our prepregs in oven or autoclave curing processes. With our extensive product portfolio and customer focused distribution facilities, Cytec is a truly a global one-stop-shop for vacuum bagging materials and consumables. Using a range of kitting equipment allows us to pre-cut both simple and complex shapes of all our materials and combine them to deliver a complete kit ready for part manufacture. Combined with our reusable bags that can offer hundreds of cycles and save hundreds of man hours, we are the people who can support process design optimisation.
Tool Design & Manufacturing
Cytec innovation extends to providing a complete solution to the customer part manufacturing experience. As such, we not only offer the structural materials and their process consumables, but also a complete range of composite tooling solutions. Our tooling prepregs offer outstanding surface finish and longevity for the manufacture of complex mould tools. Our design service can support tool design optimisation to ensure a fit-for-purpose solution. In addition we offer soft tooling technology including reusable vacuum bags, integral heater blankets, intensifiers and caul sheets.
Suitable for low cost vacuum bag processing, excellent surface finish, ease of use with a broad processing window, good combination of mechanical performance, fatigue
resistance and toughness, and supplied across a wide range of fabrics and fibres.