Hydrolube fibre lubricants from Michelman are a family of water based emulsions used in fibre sizing formulations to lubricate and protect fibreglass, carbon fibre, natural and specialty fibres during forming, processing and post-processing. Each available grade lubricates the fibres, protecting them from abrasion from neighboring fibres, and in some cases shields the fibres from hydrolytic attack.
The Hydrolube range of solutions is extremely stable and includes paraffinic, carnauba-based, polymeric, anionic and nonionic based chemistries. They are formulated to improve the manufacturability of the fibre, while meeting interfacial property requirements between the fibre surface and composite matrix.
According to Michelman, Hydrolube is part of the company’s full range of polymeric dispersions and emulsions used as fibre sizing, binders and lubricants by manufacturers of various types of reinforcing fibres. Solutions include the Hydrosize, Michem Emulsion, FGLASS , U-Nyte and Hydrolube family of products. Fibres treated with the solutions are suitable for thermoplastic as well as thermoset resins, and are used in the manufacturing of PA, PBT, PP, high performance and other reinforced products and components such as wind turbines and lightweight reinforced plastic components in the automotive and durable goods markets.
Michelman, founded in Cincinnati, United States, is a global developer of fibre sizing, binders and lubricants used by fibreglass and other reinforcing fibre manufacturers, water-based barrier and functional coatings for flexible film packaging, paperboard, and corrugated cartons; and water-based surface modifiers, additives and polymers for numerous industries including wood and floor care, industrial coatings, inks, and construction products.