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10/21/2015

PAEK targets aerospace composites

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Victrex (West Conshohocken, PA, US) has launched VICTREX AE250, a polyaryletherketone (PAEK) thermoplastic resin matrix material designed for the fabrication of composite brackets, clips, clamps and housings used throughout aircraft in primary and secondary structures.

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Victrex (West Conshohocken, PA, US) has launched VICTREX AE250, a polyaryletherketone (PAEK) thermoplastic resin matrix material designed for the fabrication of composite brackets, clips, clamps and housings used throughout aircraft in primary and secondary structures. VICTREX AE250 has shown a weight savings of up to 60% compared to aluminum, stainless steel and titanium. Composites made with VICTREX AE250 also have shown a specific strength up to five times greater than that of metals. Further, VICTREX AE250 composites used as inserts in existing injection molding equipment can be overmolded with VICTREX PEEK (polyetheretherketone) injection molding polymers. The hybrid molding technology offers improved cycle times, lower energy requirements and the elimination of scrap and secondary operations. Other reported features of VICTREX AE250 composites include good high-temperature performance and thermal stability, good resistance to aerospace fluids and gases and good resistance to hydrolysis and corrosion.

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