High Temperature Thermoplastics Achieve Higher Performance with LFT Process from PlastiComp
WINONA, MINN., USA — PlastiComp boosts properties of high-temperature polymers such as PPS, PES, PEI and PEEK, with proprietary long fiber technology. PlastiComp, Inc. announced the successful application of its long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) technology to high temperature polymers such as PPS, PES, PEI, and PEEK reinforced with carbon fibers. These new composite materials have potential for further penetration into traditional metal applications requiring very high modulus.
“Our proprietary technologies for the hot melt impregnation of the reinforcing fibers with high temperature polymers, and subsequent consolidation into molded parts yield tensile modulus values of 4-6 Msi,” explains Eric Wollan, PlastiComp’s Chief Operating Officer. “Through tailored fiber weight-fractions (40-50%) and long fiber-length retention in the molded parts we have attained a balance of properties for mechanical performance at elevated temperatures.”
According to laboratory testing, high-temperature polymers achieve higher performance with the PlastiComp LFT process. The table on page 2 demonstrates the favorable properties of Long Carbon-Fiber reinforced PES and high-impact Nylon 6,6 from PlastiComp.
“After several years in composite applications at prior technology firms, I am excited about the capabilities of the PlastiComp process to bridge the gap between composites and metals. It is well suited to a wide range of fiber-resin combinations. It can be seamlessly integrated with existing production methods such as injection and extrusion-compression molding and filament winding.”
PlastiComp’s new high-performance materials are targeted for metal replacement in military, industrial, and aerospace applications. In addition to light-weighting, the materials can also be customized for EMI shielding and thermal properties.
Property Data Sheet
Values included in this Property Data Sheet are based on limited laboratory test specimens. These values are typical values and are not meant to be used for setting maximum or minimum values for specification purposes. Any determination of the suitability of the materials shown in this property data sheet for use by the end user is the sole responsibility of the user, who must assure himself that the material as subsequently processed meets the need of his particular product or use. To the best of our knowledge the information in this publication is accurate and reliable, PlastiComp does not assume any liability whatsoever for the accuracy of this information.
Deploying a partnership philosophy combined with a fully integrated approach to application development, PlastiComp focuses its expertise on moving innovative long fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite technology into new markets and applications by applying long fiber’s stronger, tougher, and lighter capabilities to make products better. Ready to process Complēt® composite pellets for injection molding provide made to order performance by incorporating long carbon, glass, or specialty fibers with thermoplastic polymers ranging from polypropylene to PEEK for application specific structural material solutions.
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