At the upcoming JEC Composites Show in Paris (March 12-14), BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) will introduce for the first time a structural foam based on PET (polyethylene terephthalate). The new material, with the trade name Kerdyn, offers lightweighting opportunities in a variety of market segments, including automotive.
Initially, BASF is targeting supply of the high-performance foam supplied in the form of panels that can be used inside wind turbine rotor blades to provide additional stability. As a core material, PET foam reportedly offers exceptionally good mechanical properties and has a wide range of compatibility in terms of processing. With its ability to withstand very high temperatures and its very good chemical resistance, Kerdyn is extremely well-suited for use in composites according to BASF.