02 August 2011
02 August 2011
IDI Composites has released a new line of ""engineered structural composites"" (ESC) for high-reliability applications, such as aerospace, transportation, and alternative energy, among others.
According to IDI, their new product line builds on the most popular properties of the company's standard thermoset products, such as corrosion resistance and durability, but is more light weight and has superior mechanical strength. They say these ESC products experience little or no degradation in extreme hot and cold temperatures, making them ideal for the most demanding industrial and outdoor environments.
IDI explain the following are key features of their new line of engineered structural composites:
Flex and Tensile Strength: ESC materials offer higher tensile strength per unit weight than most metals, and higher flexural strength than many thermoplastics. Structural composites maintain excellent rigidity and other physical properties during prolonged exposure to harsh environments.
Dimensional Stability: In high-temperature applications, a structural composite part is far less susceptible to relaxation or creep failure. ESC products experience little or no shrinkage, ensuring close tolerances in moulded parts and often eliminating the need for secondary operations, such as drilling or machining.
Corrosion Resistance: ESC parts do not rust or corrode when used outdoors or in harsh environments. In fact, structural composites provide long-term resistance to both moisture and chemicals.
Cost-Effective Alternative: Engineered structural composites have a very long life span and feature low maintenance requirements. They also reduce manufacturing costs by enabling parts consolidation and virtually eliminating final finishing and colouring.
Design Flexibility: ESC materials can be moulded using a variety of standard moulding processes and tools, including high-volume and prototyping systems. And, due to their superior moulding properties, they enable the creation of complex shapes and intricate details that are impractical or even impossible to produce with metals.
""We're very excited about our new ESC product line,"" said company Vice President and General Manager Tom Flood. ""No only does it complement our existing thermoset product line, but it opens the door for many new and challenging applications.""
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