Chopped Strand Mat
Natural fiber Chopped Strand Mats (CSM) are great for cosmetic layers in laminate composites or anywhere transverse isotropy is useful. CSM is typically supplied in a fabric like roll form where the fibers are randomly oriented, and held together with a resin specific binder. CSM is typically used in laminate composites with thermoset resin systems in applications such as boats, wind turbine blades and molds. Formation densities and areal weights can be easily customized to manufacturer specifications. Sunstrand’s CSM architecture is compatible with Sheet Molding Compound (SMC), a high volume, rapid thermoset polymer manufacturing technique used in large plastic parts such as automobile cargo mats, lunch trays, agriculture and heavy-duty truck body panels.