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

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

127.0

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Laminates and Composite Materials
  • Plastics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE