Carbon Fiber Nano-Composites with Increased Strength / Weight Ratio

Kentera™

Kentera on Carbon Nanotube Render

Although incredibly strong, carbon nanomaterials (CNT) can’t simply be mixed into carbon fiber systems in order to improve their properties. Nanomaterials have an inherent affinity for themselves and tend to agglomerate without effective dispersing agents being introduced in the system.

Zyvex has 10 years of development history behind chemistry for CNT additives. ‘Kentera‘ is the trade name for Zyvex Technologies’ unique chemistry that creates ‘bridges’ between CNT and resin systems. Kentera is the chemistry Zyvex uses to make materials better. The technology is built in, so performance is obtained without changing current methods for using composites.

Gaps Containing Only Resin
Resin Matrix Reinforced with Zyvex Carbon Nanotubes

Kentera creates ‘bridges’ between CNT and resin systems

When properly integrated into composites, carbon nanotubes increase strength, stiffness, and toughness. For more than five years, Zyvex Technologies’ nano-enhanced materials have improved customer’s products across a variety of industries.

Zyvex Marine uses carbon fiber nano-composites to enhance the range and payload of our vessels. Strong, lightweight structures enable us to minimize the weight of our vessels while keeping strength high. Equipped with the most advanced materials science available, Zyvex Marine is building the next generation of vessel platforms.

Epovex™ Next Generation Epoxy

Epovex utilizes Kentera technology to add carbon nanotubes into the epoxy mix for a increased flexibility, T-peel strength and tensile shear strength. It is the only epoxy enhanced with carbon nanotubes. Designed to deliver the strongest bond possible at the most economical price/performance ratio, Epovex offers superior peel and shear strengths over traditional epoxy adhesives and other joining methods, such as bolts and welds. Epovex is designed for use with a wide range of materials including Zyvex Technologies’ Arovex composites.

The strongest bond possible at the most economical price/performance ratio

Dissimilar materials, plastics, and composites cannot be welded. Thin sheet metal is prone to distortion and tearing with rivets or bolts. Epovex Adhesive™ is a suitable alternative to these traditional methods and delivers greater protection against part failure, which lowers life cycle costs.

Epovex Adhesive vs. Welding

*Typical characteristics and properties, not to be used as specifications.

Epovex Adhesive vs. Leading Epoxies

*Typical characteristics and properties, not to be used as specifications.

For more information on Epovex please visit the Zyvex Technologies Resources page.

Arovex™ Next Generation Prepreg

Arovex is an advanced line of prepreg material that incorporates Zyvex’s molecular technology in order to deliver superior mechanical properties when compared to conventional prepregs. Arovex is used to reduce the weight or increase the strength, stiffness, or toughness of any composite product. It also processes as easily as conventional prepregs and has a long out-life for easier handling and processing.

Arovex is used to reduce the weight or increase the stiffness or toughness of any composite product

Arovex prepreg consists of carbon fibers reinforced with Epovex, creating a high strength, carbon nanotubed-enhanced fiber system (carbon fiber reinforced plastic enhanced with carbon nanotubes or CFRP-CNT). Arovex is the primary material used in all Zyvex Marine vessels, leading to advantages in weight, range and/or payload.

Arovex vs. Conventional Prepreg

*Mechanical data obtained by independent third party testing. Arovex made with G30-700 fiber, with a resin content of 38%. Values normalized to 60% fiber volume. Values are typical and are not intended as a specification value.

For more information on Arovex please visit the Zyvex Technologies Resources page.