High Performance Thermoplastic Resins and Their Composites


  • Sylvie Beland, Canadian Space Agency

Recent developments in high performance thermoplastic resins and their composites are described in this book, and the benefits and limitations of these emerging materials are assessed for aerospace and other applications. Discussions on the performance of neat and continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic resins in terms of their properties and environmental and chemical resistance are provided.
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Plastics manufacturers and processors.


Book information

  • Published: December 1990
  • ISBN: 978-0-8155-1278-3

Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Neat Thermoplastic Resins Properties 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Properties of Neat Thermoplastic Resins 2.3 Characteristics of Some Thermoplastic Polymer Families 2.4 Summary3. Morphology 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Factors Influencing Morphology of Semi-Crystalline Thermoplastics 3.3 Morphology-Property Relationships of Semi-Crystalline Thermoplastics 3.4 Summary4. Performance of Thermoplastic Based Composites 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Room Temperature Mechanical Properties 4.3 Elevated Temperature Mechanical Properties 4.4 Damage Resistance and Tolerance 4.5 Fatigue Resistance 4.6 Time-Dependent Behavior 4.7 Resistance to Thermal Cycling and Ionizing Radiation 4.8 Summary5. Processing of Advanced Thermoplastic Composites 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Advantages/Disadvantages 5.3 Treatment of Fibers 5.4 Combination of Fibers with Matrix 5.5 Lay-Up 5.6 Processing Techniques for Thermoplastic Composites 5.7 Processing of Flat Thermoplastic Laminates 5.8 Forming Techniques 5.9 Machining of Thermoplastic Composites 5.10 Reprocessability 5.11 Summary6. Joining Thermoplastic Composites 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Mechanical Fastening 6.3 Adhesive Bonding 6.4 Fusion Bonding (Welding) 6.5 Experimental Comparisons 6.6 Summary7. Costs and Aircraft Applications of Thermoplastic Composites 7.1 Costs of Thermoplastic Composites 7.2 Examples of Use of Thermoplastic Composites in Aircraft Applications 7.3 Summary8. Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations 8.1 Neat Thermoplastic Resins 8.2 Morphology 8.3 Thermoplastic Composites 8.4 Processing 8.5 Joining 8.6 Aircraft Applications of Thermoplastic Composites9. References