The Place for Thermoplastic Composites in Structural Components
Final rept. 1 Feb 1985-30 Sep 1987
NATIONAL MATERIALS ADVISORY BOARD (NAS-NAE) WASHINGTON DC
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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.
- Laminates and Composite Materials