Victrex USA Inc. (W. Conshohocken, PA, US) is featuring its new carbon fiber/polyaryletherketone (PAEK) unidirectional (UD) tape and laminate panels. Branded VICTREX AE 250 composites, the new product family enables a hybrid molding technology that allows the overmolding of a continuously-reinforced thermoplastic composite with VICTREX PEEK injection molding polymers. These technologies can be used in the manufacture of primary and secondary structural aerospace applications ranging from brackets and clips to clamps and housings. Victrex says the hybrid molding technology delivers a combination of benefits in complex parts that have not been possible until now. In addition, weight savings of up to 60% and up to five times higher specific strength are achievable when compared to metals.
Frank Ferfecki, senior technical service engineer at Victrex, will deliver a paper at CAMX on the performance of thermoplastic PAEK hybrid composite systems. The paper will present detailed CAE material models developed for each of the individual hybrid components and test results used to demonstrate interface strength between hybrid material components.