Zone: Thermoplastics
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In contrast to crosslinking thermosets, whose cure reaction cannot be reversed, thermoplastics harden when cooled but retain their plasticity; that is, they will remelt and can be reshaped by reheating them above their processing temperature. Less-expensive thermoplastic matrices offer lower processing temperatures but also have limited use temperatures. They draw from the menu of both engineered and commodity plastics, such as polyethylene (PE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), polycarbonate (PC), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polyamide (PA or nylon) and polypropylene (PP). High-volume commercial products, such as athletic footwear, orthotics and medical prostheses, benefit from the toughness and moisture resistance of these resins, as do automotive air intake manifolds and other underhood parts.


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Thermoplastic composites: Primary structure?

Yes, advanced forms are in development, but has the technology progressed enough to make the business case?
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PlastiComp LFT works as drop-in replacement for magnesium CompositesWorld

PlastiComp Inc., a manufacturer of long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) materials and technologies, has expanded its Complēt LFT composite pellet product line to include drop-in replacements for die-cast magnesium.

Thermoplastic car 3-D printed, assembled at IMTS CompositesWorld

Local Motors printed the parts and assembled the car at the show, employing a Cincinnati additive manufacturing machine using a SABIC thermoplastic reinforced with 15 percent of chopped carbon fiber.

Airborne Oil & Gas wins composite downline contract CompositesWorld

Netherlands-based Airborne Oil & Gas will supply 1,600m of thermoplastic composite pipe to Norway-based IKM Testing AS for offshore downline and pipeline pre-commissioning.

Leichtbau ist hybridbau CompositesWorld

Integrating multiple materials and functions for lightweight construction in the German automotive industry.

Element joins group for hydrogen storage research and development CompositesWorld

U.K.-based testing firm Element will work with four other partners to develop thermoplastic high-pressure hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles.

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