High-Performance Resins seminar focuses on temperature, ceramics

The High-Performance Resins 2010 conference features a pre-conference seminar highlighting high-temperature resins and preceramic polymers.

CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, as well as the CompositesWorld Weekly newsletter, has announced a pre-conference seminar for its High-Performance Resins 2010 conference, Sept. 23-24 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumberg, Ill., USA.

Part 1 of the seminar, titled, "Introduction to High-Temperature Resins," will be presented by Carl Zweben, Ph.D., a composites consultant based in Devon, Pa. It provides an overview of key high-temperature thermoset and thermoplastic resins. Characteristics are compared with traditional low-temperature polymers. Resins categories covered include: unsaturated polyester (UP), epoxy (EP), toughened epoxy, bismaleimide (BMI), toughened bismaleimide, cyanate ester (CE), phenolic, polyimide (PI), polyurethane (PU), PhenylEthylnyl Terminated Imide (PETI) and Phthalo‐Nitrile (PN), Polyetherketoneketone (PEKK), Polyetherimide (PEI), Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS), Polyetheretherketone (PEEK), Polyamideimide (PAI), and PolyEther Amide (PEAR). Effects of moisture are discussed. High-temperature polymer matrix composite applications are presented.

Part 2 of the seminar, titled, "Introduction to Preceramic Polymers," will be presented by Alexander Lukacs, Ph.D., of KiON Defense Technologies (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.). While other polymers are valued for their special performance characteristics, the value of a preceramic polymer resides not in the performance of the polymer itself, but in the performance of its thermal decomposition products. As such, it is difficult to include preceramic polymers within the category of “high-temperature polymers”; neverthless, the utility of their ceramic decomposition products in a variety of high temperature applications (more than 1,000°C/1,832°F) can hardly be over-stated. This part of the seminar provides an overview of the main categories of preceramic polymers and their applications, with an emphasis on silicon-based preceramic polymers that pyrolyze to non-oxide ceramics. Also described will be some unique situations where certain preceramic polymers are actually used as the matrix material in very high temperature-stable PMCs (more than 500°C/932°C) or in concert with high-performance organic polymers to enhance their high temperature durability. 

Conference abstracts and other information is available online at the ComposiesWorld website. For more information on the conference, or to register, visit www.compositesworld.com/hpr or e-mail Ralph Jessie at jessie@compositesworld.com.