Compounds for reliability under supreme loads
High requirements are often made of machine elements. When in service, they must function absolutely reliably for the longest possible time. Production loss due to maintenance work should be minimized as far as possible. Consequently, the materials used must have a large number of properties. One demand, for example, might involve a combination of good slip characteristics, low wear and high heat resistance while at the same time exhibiting high strength.
The LUVOCOM® team will develop the optimum solution for your application
LUVOCOM® high-performance compounds offer many advantages over traditional materials such as metals. Carbon-fibre reinforced LUVOCOM® high-performance compounds combine low weight with good mechanical properties such as strength and rigidity. Lubricant-modified compounds reduce wear and guarantee better slippage. Thermally conductive and electrically conductive compounds dissipate heat and electrostatic charges and thus help to ensure greater safety and better performance. Detectable compounds raise safety in food production and avoid damage – for the consumer as well. Functional powders protect components against corrosion and wear. Via selective laser sintering and semi-finished goods, it is also possible to create unusual shapes and produce both small and large series.
To ensure you achieve the optimum solution for your application, our compound experts will be glad to advise you in person and on site as well.
LUVOCOM® XCF compounds – highly strong, stiff and tough
The LUVCOM® XCF product family offers carbon-fibre reinforced high-performance compounds for extreme requirements. Machine components subjected to a high dynamic load require a low weight combined with good mechanical strength and a high degree of rigidity. LUVOCOM® XCF compounds impress with tensile strengths up to more than 380 MPa, an elastic modulus in excess of 50 GPa, a very high impact strength, electrical conductivity, elevated thermal conductivity and a continuous operating temperature of up to 260 °C.
Benefits of XCF compounds for engineering:
- Exceptional mechanical properties
- Easy to process
- Reduction of costs and component weight compared to metal and composites
Cost benefit from injection moulding and rework elimination
Wherever tensile strength, dimensional accuracy and impact resistance are demanded, injection-moulded components with LUVOCOM® compounds represent an excellent alternative to metals. They give the design engineers a chance to deploy lighter and generally more economical parts. Typical applications are fast-moving components in the construction of machinery and apparatus – for example thread carriers, pump impellers, gear wheels, cams and connecting rods. Our materials have also proven their worth as an alternative to aluminium in the fabrication of casings.
Moving machine parts are generally subject to high tribological requirements, which can in many cases be met by plastics. The materials used here are mainly compounds with incorporated lubrication. By adding lubricants and reinforcing materials such as PTFE, graphite, nanoadditives, carbon fibres and aramid, we selectively improve the tribological properties of thermoplastics. Tribologically adjusted LUVOCOM® compounds have deposits of lubricant, thus eliminating the need for the expensive and time-consuming work of additional surface lubrication.
Another advantage is that the components and assemblies remain clean and their reliability is significantly improved. These materials also offer outstanding oxidation and corrosion resistance in the presence of aqueous solutions, acids and bases that would have a decomposing effect on metal.