Accession Number : ADA189149


Title :   The Place for Thermoplastic Composites in Structural Components


Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Feb 1985-30 Sep 1987


Corporate Author : NATIONAL MATERIALS ADVISORY BOARD (NAS-NAE) WASHINGTON DC


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a189149.pdf


Report Date : 01 Dec 1987


Pagination or Media Count : 127


Abstract : The potential for the development of thermoplastic matrix, carbon- fiber composites as structural materials is evaluated. Compared to thermoset matrices, thermoplastics appear to offer increases in toughness and durability while offering the potential for more cost-effective manufacturing methods. Both long- and short-fiber systems are described. The properties of thermoplastics are compared with those of thermoset matrix materials. The committee recommends that significant investments be made in the development of innovative, large- scale technologies for the cost-effective manufacture of long-fiber thermoplastic composite components and systems. Other recommendations are made for advanced characterization, including prediction methodology for the mechanics of time-dependent behavior. Keywords: Creep; Epoxy composites; Joining; Mechanical properties; Toughness.


Descriptors :   *FIBER REINFORCED COMPOSITES , *COMPOSITE STRUCTURES , *THERMOPLASTIC RESINS , *CARBON REINFORCED COMPOSITES , METHODOLOGY , FIBERS , MECHANICAL PROPERTIES , MANUFACTURING , COST EFFECTIVENESS , PREDICTIONS , TIME DEPENDENCE , CARBON FIBERS , TOUGHNESS , MATRIX MATERIALS , CREEP , EPOXY COMPOSITES , CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS


Subject Categories : Laminates and Composite Materials
      Plastics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE