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.


Most Recent Content: Thermoplastics
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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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.

Solvay PEEK resins qualified by COMAC CompositesWorld

Five PEEK grades have earned a place on COMAC's C919 aircraft. Solvay announced the qualification at the recent Aircraft Interiors Expo in Seattle.

DSM launches next generation of Diablo high temperature polyamides CompositesWorld

The new grades are aimed at applications in automotive engine compartments and temperatures as high as 260°C.

Hybrid molding process and material CompositesWorld

Victrex reports that it has developed a new polyaryletherketone (PAEK)-based polymer as well as a hybrid molding technology that allows the overmolding of the PAEK composite with fiber-reinforced Victrex PEEK injection molding materials.

Pre-consolidated, multiaxial, thermoplastic composite structures CompositesWorld

LANXESS reports that its subsidiary Bond-Laminate has begun production of pre-consolidated, continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic Tepex composite laminates that feature fiber layers oriented at almost any conceivable angle.

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