Why Not Thermoplastic Composites? There Are More Polymers Out There Than Just Your Usual Thermosets
The high-performance composite field is still dominated by thermoset matrices. Nevertheless today new fields of application open up for composite materials based on thermoplastic matrices. Properties like e.g. outstanding impact toughness and chemical resistance, a whole range of service and processing temperatures together with process-specific features allow for tailor-made high-volume applications. In this paper the advantages and disadvantages of thermoplastic composites will be discussed, as well as selection criteria and some example of thermoplastic composite parts.
Authors: Dr. Niccolo Pini
Conference: SAMPE Europe Conference 2016