PPG Industries' (Pittsburgh, PA, US) fiber glass business announced that Dr. Jacob Anderson, PPG senior research and development engineer, has been named a winner of the Dr. Jackie Rehkopf Best Paper Award for the Society of Plastics Engineers 15th annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE), Sept. 9-11 at The Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, US. Anderson's paper received the third-highest average rating by conference peer reviewers in a field of 70 contenders and will be honored for excellence in technical writing during SPE ACCE opening ceremonies.
Anderson and Dr. Ryan P. Emerson, both based at the PPG Fiber Glass Science and Technology Center in Shelby, NC, US, co-authored a paper entitled, "Effect of Processing Technique on the Mechanical Performance of Glass Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics," which Anderson will present Sept. 10 at 11:30 a.m. as part of the conference's Advances in Thermoplastic Composites session.
"In the present work, thermoplastic bulk molding compound (BMC) was investigated to determine its mechanical performance relative to granulated long-fiber thermoplastic (GLFT) and continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic tape (CFRT)," he says. "This was achieved by using injection and compression molding to fabricate thermoplastic composite parts from GLFT, CFRT and BMC. Versus the GLFT specimen, the BMC material was shown to exhibit improvements in flexural and impact performance of 100% and 20%, respectively, results of which will be described during the presentation."
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