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Thermoplastics Composites Interface Optimization for High Heat Applications

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Recorded on Aug 31, 2017

Reach faster higher heat resistance with your thermoplastic composites by learning to improve your filler/polymer interface properties in practice.

Mark DeMeuse will share his 30 yrs experience in tailoring surface properties (fiber sizing, use of coupling agents, reactive functionalization…) for high-temperature applications (automotive, aircraft, electronics…) while also improving HDT, strength, fracture toughness...

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Presented By:
Mark DeMeuse
Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

Polymer/filler interface plays an important role in determining the overall performance of thermoplastic composites. Demands of these materials in high temperature service environment is constantly evolving (use of new polymers, weight reduction in automotive…). You can no longer use the same old approaches as in the past to improve surface properties. Join this course and:

  1. Get a grip on higher max. continuous service temperature with your materials by optimizing their interface (fibers sizing, use of coupling agents, reactive functionalization…)

  2. Troubleshoot faster & prevent failures in your composites with hands-on solutions to improve adhesion, increase HDT, reduce warpage

  3. Easily meet key industry needs (weight reduction in automotive, use of new polymers…) by better understanding how surface interactions - property - application relate
Thermoplastics compopsite

Who should view this course?

Reinforced Thermoplastics manufacturers, Raw Material suppliers (fillers, fibers, coupling agents…) working with composites or natural fiber composites (formulation, design, use).

Course Outline

The following sections will be covered during this session:

  1. Thermoplastic Composites- profile and properties

  2. Estimating interfacial properties using characterization techniques (DMA, FTIR…)

  3. Structured Methods to Improve Interface in Composites
    • Sizing on Fibers
      • Different Chemistries for Sizing & their impact
      • Different Methods for Applying Sizing
      • Mechanism for Use
    • Use of Coupling Agents
      • Silanes & Other Chemistries
    • Reactive Functionalization of Polymers
    • Alternative Energy Sources (Plasma, Microwaves)

  4. Real life Case Studies
    • Effect of Different Sizing Materials on Nylon/Glass Fiber Adhesion
    • Optimizing structure of Coupling Agents to improve HDT
    • Use of Maleic Anhyride Modified Polymers as Compatibilizing Agents
    • Microwave Energy to Improve Adhesion in Composites

  5. Conclusions and Recommendations

  6. 30 Mins Q&A- Ask your questions directly from the expert ! 

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Members Reviews

The effects of the 3 different aproaches for improving fiber/matrix interface were interesting. Was not aware of microwave technology. It was also good to see the effects of different sizings/coupling agents, outside of our regularly used ones.

Richard B. , from TenCate

Good overview of sizing for high-T thermoplastic composites; good overview of key properties to characterize.

Luca A. , from DSM Composite Resins Italia S.R.L.

Part on improving hydrolysis resistance of Nylon 66 compounds by the use of coupling agent was very good.

Henning A. , from Brüggemann Chemical

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