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Disco-Tex Now Made from Carbon Fibre & Thermoplastics

31 January 2011

Pepin Associates Inc has developed a version of its patented Disco-Tex aligned, discontinuous carbon fibre fabric using a thermoplastic as the matrix.

Fabrication with aerospace grade carbon fiber and nylon has resulted in a highly-formable, carbon-reinforced composite material with many possible applications. Other aerospace friendly thermoplastics, such as Polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), and high temperature thermoplastics, such as Polyetherimide (PEI), may be used as well.

Pepin Associates has already developed a glass fiber-reinforced version of Disco-Tex using recycled, post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) made from used soda bottles. This glass PET composite was used to make a demonstration crush zone part for a small, compact automobile.

Pepin Associates believes that Disco-Tex made from carbon and thermoplastics will likewise be 100% recyclable, possibly to be re-used for production of similar composite parts for automotive or aerospace applications.





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