New glass fiber products for demanding applications

At JEC, Owens Corning Composite Materials announced its new FoodContact glass fiber solution for reinforced plastics in consumer appliances and food-preparation equipment.

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At JEC, Owens Corning Composite Materials (Toledo, Ohio) announced its new FoodContact glass fiber solution for reinforced plastics in consumer appliances and food-preparation equipment. Developed to perform optimally in high-temperature resins — polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), liquid crystal polymer (LCP) and others — the chopped strand meets upcoming 2016 European Commission regulations for glass fiber sizing chemistry and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). The company also showcased its ShieldStrand S-glass fabric, which has been approved for military use under MIL-DTL-64154B (glass fiber-reinforced phenolic laminate) by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (Adelphi, Md.). According to the company, the fabric provides better structural performance in ballistic applications, such as armor and spall liners, than do aramid, ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and polypropylene fibers.