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|
|Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS)||330/625||90/195||Semi-crystalline||220/430|
|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|
*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 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.