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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DSM thermoplastics featured in CNG and hydrogen tanks CompositesWorld

Tanks developed by Belgium-based Covess that use a polyamide liner and outer layer offer up to 70 weight savings in a 40-liter tank for compressed natural gas or hydrogen storage.

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Infrared welding systems for thermoplastic composites and EPOx Mix and PURe Mix for HP-RTM in epoxy and polyurethane.

PMI foam core outperforms honeycomb in infused nose landing gear doors CompositesWorld

The results of Airbus (Toulouse, France) subsidiary Composite Technology Centre GmbH (CTC, Stade, Germany) studies in 2013 to find more productive but less costly methods of fabricating carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) sandwich constructions.

Alcoa Fastening Systems joins thermoplastics research center CompositesWorld

U.S.-based Alcoa Fastening Systems has entered into a long-term partnership with the Thermoplastic Composites Research Center (TPRC) to collaborate on thermoplastic composites development.

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