Thermoplastic Composites - Course Description

Thermoplastic Composites

Instructor: Alicyn Rhoades

Fee: $705


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Educational Goals

This course will address the fundamentals of thermoplastic composites or “filled” plastics. Topics to be addressed include: formulation, filler size, and surface chemistry for optimized interaction with the polymer and characterization techniques as well as unique aspects of part design and processing that are important for filled thermoplastics. The importance of filler aspect ratio and the resulting orientation with polymer flow is emphasized. A demo of twin-screw compounding also will take place, where participants can observe the influence of compounding variables on composite quality.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who processes, designs, or uses plastic parts that contain glass, carbon, or mineral fillers will benefit from this course. Among those who can benefit from this one-day workshop are process and project engineers, quality engineers, manufacturing engineers, part designers, and anyone involved in the material selection process.

Course Outline

  • Composite Basics
    • Matrix, interfacial zone, and filler specifics
    • Basics of melt compounding and formulation
  • Glass composites
    • Glass fiber, particle and bubble: When to choose which?
    • Product design with for thermoplastic glass composites
    • Forming a strong bond between the glass and polymer for optimal property development
  • Carbon fiber composites
    • Designing carbon fiber composite formulations
  • Mineral composites
    • Talc, calcium carbonate, wallostonite and mica
  • Nanocomposites
    • Clay: the importance of proper clay dispersion in the melt
    • Nanotubes: Processing nuances and when to choose CNTs
  • Characterizing plastic composites
    • Microscopy and ESEM to determine the strength of the polymer/filler interaction
    • Insights from mechanical testing