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RTP Company Introduces Ultra-performance Series of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastic Compounds

14 January 2014

RTP Company will include new "ultra-performance" compounds based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and PEI resin systems in its portfolio of products.

"Injection mouldable materials with this kind of performance are ground-breaking in their ability to open up new opportunities for using thermoplastics," said Matt Torosian, High Temperature Product Manager at RTP Company.  "We achieved this elevated performance by drawing upon RTP Company's knowledge and expertise in compounding high temperature polymers and fibre reinforcements to engineer a platform of products that raise the capabilities of thermoplastic compounds to new levels."

RTP Company explains that the new compounds have been manufactured using advanced compounding techniques that maximise fibre integrity. According to RTP, by combining the higher mechanical properties and lower densities of carbon fibre with the excellent thermal and chemical resistance provided by using high temperature resin systems, allows these injection mouldable thermoplastic materials to close the performance gap between plastics and metals.

"With higher strength and stiffness values along with improved impact and fatigue resistance, these materials provide across the board performance improvements that will give product designers added confidence when specifying Ultra Performance Structural Compounds to replace traditional materials," said Torosian.  "These high temperature polymers combine excellent chemical resistance with very high strength and stiffness making them the premier choice for energy exploration, industrial fluid handling, and other applications that are exposed to harsh service environments."

"These materials will allow more product designers to take advantage of the design freedoms plastics offer," added Torosian.  "That translates into weight reduction opportunities, having the ability to overcome design limitations through part consolidation and optimization, and to reduce manufacturing cost and shorten production time by obtaining net shape parts through a one-step injection moulding process that eliminates secondary operations."






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