Thermoplastic Compounds


Thermoplastics are cheap and easy to reuse, with fast processing times. Carbon fibers can be used as powerful and lightweight reinforcements.

With increased availability and falling prices, carbon fiber is now finding increased applications in thermoplastics. Especially in the fast growing automotive market can tangible ecological and economic benefits be achieved on a large scale when lightweight construction is implemented.

Optimized carbon fiber parts can be 70% lighter than steel and 30% lighter than aluminum parts. Thermoplastic composites will play a key role in the light weighting of vehicles due to the short cycle time, lower cost and easy processability with which the parts can be made.

Thermoplastic matrices that can be used in conjunction with carbon fibers are polymers such as PP, PA 6/66, PPS and PEEK.

Benefits of using carbon fibers in thermoplastics include high strength, high modulus, low density, good electrical conductivity (shielding), dimensional stability and low thermal expansion, and superior wear resistance.

Thermosetting Plastics

Thermosetting polymers include polyester, vinylester and epoxy resins, as well as certain polyurethanes and even rubbers. Thermosets are impossible to reuse, but possess properties not achievable with generally higher volume and lower cost thermoplastics.

Used initially in space flight and aviation, thermosets reinforced with carbon fibers were adopted quickly in sporting goods, and are now finding their way into true mass applications like automotive.

Optimized carbon fiber parts can be 70% lighter than steel and 30% lighter than aluminum parts. Thermoset composites will play a key role in the light weighting of vehicles due to their superior strength-to-weight ratio, and ability to conform to any desired shape in a single manufacturing step.

Benefits of using carbon fibers in thermosets include high strength, high modulus, low density, good electrical conductivity (shielding), dimensional stability and low thermal expansion, and superior wear resistance.

Applications

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