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Carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic compounds for high temperature applications

News International-French

10 Jan 2014

RTP Company has elevated the mechanical properties of its industry-leading portfolio of high temperature structural products to include compounds based on carbon fiber reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and PEI resin systems for high temperature applications.

Manufactured using advanced compounding techniques that maximize fiber integrity; Ultra Performance Structural Compounds from RTP Company achieve strength and stiffness properties that are higher than previously available products. Combining the higher mechanical properties and lower densities of carbon fiber with the good thermal and chemical resistance provided by using high temperature resin systems allows these injection moldable thermoplastic materials to close the performance gap between plastics and metals.

Products are available in high temperature resin systems with carbon fiber reinforcement loadings from 20-40% to provide performance options that meet a broad range of requirements for demanding applications in energy, industrial, aerospace, automotive, and medical markets that previously required aluminum, zinc, and magnesium metals.

In addition to structural characteristics, RTP Company can incorporate other capabilities during compounding, such as wear and friction resistance at high pressure/velocity ratios without needing external lubricants. PEEK, PEI, and PPS materials are inherently flame retardant and often chosen for their low burning toxicity, but flame retardants can also be added to PPA to increase product safety.

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