Epoxy Prepregs

SC 160

160ºC TG COSMETIC CARBON PREPREG
  • High Tg, ultra-high clarity prepreg system
  • Ideal for visual components
  • Versatile process window with autoclave and press moulding
  • Curable at temperatures as low as 130°C (266°F)
  • 90 minute cure at 160°C (320°F)
  • 30 minute cure at 180°C (356°F)
  • High tack and drape allowing easy in-mould repositioning

SC 160 is a visual grade prepreg that utilises a high clarity, versatile, hot-melt epoxy resin formulation.

The unique formulation is ideal for manufacturing high visual quality components using autoclave and press moulding. It can be cured at temperatures as low as 130°C (266°F), or it can be used for faster moulding of components at 160°C (320°F). An even faster cure of 30 minutes at 180°C (300°F) can also be achieved, whilst maintaining a good out-life of up to 3 weeks at 21°C (70°F). SC 160 is a toughened system and offers excellent mechanical properties on a wide variety of reinforcing fabrics and fibres.

SC 160 is suitable for interior and exterior automotive, marine and other markets where a high clarity finish is required in conjunction with a high Tg.

Technical Data

​Min. Cure Temp & Time
PROPERTY OVEN / VAC BAG
PRESS MOULDING
Typical Laminate 8 plies of SC 160 RC245T prepreg with 40% resin content
Typical Ramp Time 1–5°C (2–9°F) per minute
N/A
Cure Temperature 130°C (266°F) 140°C (284°F) 150°C (302°F) 160°C (320°F) 170°C
(338°F)
180°C
(356°F)
160°C (320°F) 160°C
(320°F)
Cure Dwell Time 90min 90min 90min 90min 60min 30min 15min 30min
Cure Pressure Up to +6bar (85Psi)
> +12bar (175Psi)
Cure Vacuum -1bar (14.5Psi) -
De-mould Temperature > 80°C (176°F) 160°C (320°F)
Dry Tg1 (DMA) 135°C
(275°F)
150°C
(302°F)
165°C
(329°F)
175°C
(347°F)
180°C
(356°F)
180°C
(356°F)
145°C
(293°F)
155°C
(293°F)
Wet Tg (DMA) > 130°C / 266°C
​​Woven Laminate
PROPERTY RC245T
Fabric / Fibre Description 245g/m2 2x2 twill fabric using T300 3k fibre
Resin Content 40%
Cure Method Vacuum bag cured at -1 bar
Cure Schedule 90 minutes at 130°C (266°F)
Cured Ply Density 1.47g/cm3 0.053 lb/in3
Glass Transition Temperature 156°C 313°F
Cured Ply Thickness 0.27-0.31mm 0.011 - 0.012in
0° Tensile Cured Fibre Volume 43.5%
0° Tensile Strength 648 MPa 94 Ksi
0° Tensile Modulus 71 GPa 10.3 Msi
0° Compressive Str. Fibre Volume 48.7%
0° Compressive Strength 815 MPa 118 Ksi
0° Compressive Mod. Fibre Volume 49.6%
0° Compressive Modulus 66 GPa 9.6 Msi
90° Tensile Cured Fibre Volume 49.6%
90° Tensile Strength 617 MPa 89 Ksi
90° Tensile Modulus 70 GPa 10.2 Msi
90° Compressive Str. Fibre Volume 48.7%
90° Compressive Strength 753 MPa 109 Ksi
90° Compressive Mod. Fibre Volume 51.8%
90° Compressive Modulus 65 GPa 9.4 Msi
0° Flexural Fibre Volume 50.4%
0° Flexural Strength 744 MPa 108 Ksi
0° Flexural Modulus 47 GPa 6.8 Msi
+/-45° IPS Fibre Volume TBD
+/-45° In-Plane Shear Strength TBD TBD
+/-45° In-Plane Shear Modulus TBD TBD
+/-45° In-Plane Poisson's Ratio TBD
0° ILSS Fibre Volume 51.4%
0° ILSS 71 MPa 10.3 Ksi
​Third Party Certifications

SC 160 does not currently have any third party approvals