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Phase Change Materials-The Key to Shorter Cycle Times

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Phase Change Materials-The Key to Shorter Cycle Times and Improved Sustainability?


The composites industry is naturally concerned with sustainability metrics but many composites can only be down-cycled for energy recovery rather than truly recycled into new parts. That is, most fiber-reinforced plastics (FRPs) are based on thermosets, and their cross-linked nature limits recyclability. In order to enable recycling, reduce costs, and enhance sustainability, thermoplastics have been long proposed as an alternative. Recently, Arkema has introduced the EliumTM system for VARTM and RTM processing which is acrylate based and suitable for glass, carbon, and other fibers. One downside of such systems is the fundamental challenges of controlling the highly exothermic nature of the curing reactions.


Authors: Yasuhito Suzuki, Dylan Cousins, Derek Berry, John R. Dorgan


Conference: CAMX 2016 – Anaheim


SKU/Code: TP16-0049


Pages: 13

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