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.
Yes, advanced forms are in development, but has the technology progressed enough to make the business case?
Read complete article
Lehvoss North America has launched the LUVOCOM 70 series of high-performance compounds based on polyketone (PK).Long fiber-reinforced nylon compounds CompositesWorld
PlastiComp Inc. has enhanced the aesthetic capabilities of its Velocity high-flow nylon long fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (LFT) composites.Highlights Of SPE Auto Awards In Chassis/Hardware Innovations Plastics Technology
Check out these interesting finalists in the chassis/hardware category of the 2014 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards.SOURCEBOOK 2015: The online edition CompositesWorld
Welcome to the online SOURCEBOOK, the searchable, updatable, Internet-based counterpart to CompositesWorld's annually published print SOURCEBOOK.Composites 2015: A multitude or markets CompositesWorld
Although the effects of the 2008 global financial downturn are still felt in some sectors, the composites industry, in general, showed health, growth and a renewed focus on innovation.