Flexile™ Thermoplastic Prepreg Products

Vector Systems products incorporate continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic prepregs for use in lightweight structural applications.  The resulting composite materials can be tailored for exceptional toughness, environmental resistance, vibration dampening, low flammability characteristics, high wear resistance and radiolucency/x-ray transparency.

Vector Systems Flexile™ thermoplastic product lines can be adapted to meet your demanding requirements. They are available in a wide range of polymer and fiber reinforcements.  The following is a list of common polymer matrices and fiber reinforcements that can be combined in multiple configurations.

 Polymer Matrix Characteristics

 

Matrix Polymer Nominal Processing Temp ⁰C/⁰F Tg ⁰C/⁰F Polymer Structure *Continuous Use Temp. ⁰C/⁰F
Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) 385/725 143/290 Semi-crystalline 250/480
Polyetherimide (PEI) 320/610 215/420 Amorphous 200/390
Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS) 330/625 90/195 Semi-crystalline 220/430
Polypropylene (PP) 190/375 -10/-14 Semi-crystalline 90/194
Polyethylene (PE) 175/350 -125/-195 Semi-crystalline 70/160
Polycarbonate (PC) 295/565 150/302 Amorphous 130/265
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) 290/555 75/165 Semi-crystalline 130/265
Polyether Sulfone (PES) 290/555 225/435 Amorphous 180/355
Polybutylene terphthalate (PBT) 265/510 56/135 Semi-crystalline 110/230
Polyamides (Nylon) (PA 12, PA 11, PA 6.10, PA 6, PA 4.1) 190-220/375-430 40-60/105-140 Semi-crystalline 120/250
Polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) 355/670 156/315 Semi-crystalline 230/445

*Continuous use temperature is relative based on structure, load and use.  This value is provided for comparison purposes only.  It is not intended for design purposes.

Fiber Reinforcements

Fiber reinforcement include but are not limited to Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass, Aramid Fiber (i.e Kevlar), PBO (i.e. Zylon), along with metal fibers like steel, aluminum or titanium.