- Low cure temperatures enable designs with thermoplastic components
- Improved burst, fatigue and impact resistance in pressure vessels lead to longer part life
- Offers lighter weight and faster manufacturing for pressure vessels where burst, fatigue and impact improvements on existing designs are not required
- Increased compressive strength and stiffness enable longer and lighter wind blades, improving turbine efficiency
- Enhanced wear characteristics for industrial rollers eliminate the need for hybrid metal/composite designs
- Decreases pull force required in pultrusion process, enabling higher fiber volume or faster processing
- Lower CTE leads to improved dimensional stability in thick wound parts resulting in lower residual stresses
- Ultra-low viscosity for large part infusion with enhanced properties
- 2 year shelf life at room temperature
3M™ Matrix Resin 8831 is a two‑part, ultra‑low viscosity, Bis‑A epoxy that is curable at low temperatures. This resin offers balanced compressive and toughness enhancements with processability optimized for room temperature filament winding, pultrusion, vacuum infusion and RTM processes.
Start with Nanoparticles
- Filament wound pressure vessels including CNG, Hydrogen or SCBA
- Pultruded or wound tubes or shafts (typical temperature industrial rollers)
- Pultruded wind blade spars
Carbon fiber composite products are limited by their compression strength. Under compressive loading, carbon fibers can micro-buckle (like a small wrinkle) resulting in breakage or failure of the composite product.
We successfully created a resin with a high concentration of uniformly dispersed nanoparticles that makes a stronger composite. These nanoparticles are so tiny, they can uniformly surround and support the carbon fibers, significantly increasing the shear modulus of the resin and effectively delaying the micro-buckling of the carbon fibers. The greater the nanoparticle loading, the stiffer the support of the carbon fiber. Where other nanotechnologies (like carbon nano tubes) deliver <3% nanoparticles loading, our proprietary technology uniquely enables loadings of >40% of uniformly dispersed nanoparticles. Conventional-sized fillers are simply too large to completely surround the fibers and difficult to disperse uniformly in the resin. With 3M™ Matrix Resin 8831, the exceptional bond between the particle and the resin hinders crack proliferation by creating a complex path that effectively dissipates energy. The result: tougher composites.
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Strength Two Ways
3M significantly increases resin shear modulus while simultaneously adding fracture toughness. In the past, attempts to increase resin stiffness resulted in a significant decrease in fracture toughness, producing very brittle materials. 3M's proprietary nanoparticles technology creates such a strong bond between the particle and the resin that energy is dissipated when the composite is stressed, preventing crack propagation.
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