Strucell cross linked pvcfoam china

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  1. guzzis3
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    guzzis3 Senior Member

    I have recently become aware of this pvc foam.

    Changzhou Utek Composite Co., Ltd. https://www.utekcomposites.com/product/Structural-Foam-Cross-Linked-PVC-Foam-Core.html

    They quoted me a price delivered to brisbane of less than half the cost of divinycell.

    Note the specs are almost a cut and paste of Divinycell H foam.

    Does anyone actually KNOW anything about this stuff ? Really not interested in the usual "chinese can't be trusted" "everything they make is rubbish" lines please. I already know all that stuff I'm after actual experiences. Has anyone used it ? Has anyone seen independent tests ?

    If this stuff is legit it has the potential to save us all an absolute packet. The foam is the biggest single expense of my build.
     
  2. Mr Efficiency
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    Interesting, guzzi, who are the local distributors ? Maybe get a sample and test it against Divinycell yourself. I recall buying some Termanto foam one time, and thinking it wasn't entirely homogenous, looking at it, but I didn't worry too much because it wasn't a critical application. It would be nice to get hold of a sample first, before ordering a consignment.
     
  3. fallguy
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    fallguy Senior Member

    let us know what you find
     
  4. Bruce Woods
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    Bruce Woods Senior Member

    Trojan fibreglass.

    Mr E , was there a problem with Termanto?

    I built my first cat with that stuff
     
  5. guzzis3
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    Yes it's trojan but they want more per sqm than I can buy real divinycell for. More than twice what I was quoted from the manufacturer.

    I know of a gentleman in the usa who is also interested. Apparently it's being sold over there at a very good price.

    I'm not sure how I'd test it ? without going to a lab ? I've got a load cell and an engine crane so I could bend it and stretch it but I'm probably more concerned about durability than it's new mechanical properties. I mean polyurethane would test up passably but we know what happens to that over time.

    I guess if "reputable" dealers are selling it in developed countries you'd hope it was ok, but then one fiberglass supplier quoted me polyurethane when I specifically asked for pvc and explained why so...
     

  6. Mr Efficiency
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    No, but I only used a couple of sheets, and in a non-critical application, but I recall the cell size seemed to vary a bit on the same sheet.
     
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